Abdominal Ultrasound

What is an Abdominal Ultrasound?

An abdominal ultrasound is used to detect gallstones, check the health of the liver, kidneys, pancreas and spleen, as well as examine the major abdominal blood vessels.

How do I prepare for the exam?

If you are having an abdominal ultrasound, you may not have anything to eat or drink after midnight.

For infants and children under the age of two - withhold feeding two hours prior to exam time.

What will happen during the exam?

The sonographer will apply a warm gel to the skin over the area being examined. The sonographer then moves the transducer over the area of interest and obtains the necessary images. The gel maximizes contact between the skin producing high quality images. When the exam is over, the sonographer will wipe off the gel and the exam is over.


How long will the procedure take?

Most exams take approximately 30 minutes. Some specialty exams take 45 to 60 minutes.

What will happen after the exam?

After the exam, you can resume your normal activities without restriction. A radiologist will review and interpret the images and the report will be sent to the referring physician.

How will I receive my results?

You will receive the results from your physician.

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