What Is Abdominal Ultrasound?

Abdominal Ultrasound is a test that exposes the upper, mid, and lower abdomen to high-frequency, inaudible sound waves. These harmless sound waves are used to create a picture of what is inside the body. Abdominal Ultrasound is used to provide images of the structures and organs of the abdomen. This can include tests such as:

Kidney Ultrasound
Liver Ultrasound
Gall Bladder Ultrasound
Pancreas Ultrasound
Spleen Ultrasound
Aorta Ultrasound

What Is An Abdominal Ultrasound Used To Identify?

An Abdominal Ultrasound can help identify a variety of things but most commonly:

Tumors or vascular malformations
Abdominal aorta aneurism
Abnormal liver function
Gall Bladder or Kidney Stones

How To Prepare For An Abdominal Ultrasound Appointment

Loose fitting, comfortable clothing is recommended for your Abdominal Ultrasound Appointment. In some cases you may be asked to wear a gown. Depending on the type of Abdominal Ultrasound you are having there may be additional requirements such as eating a fat-free meal or fasting for a number of hours prior to appointment. Please ask for specific instructions when scheduling your appointment. [An Ultrasound Test Is Easy To Sit Through]  If the test is being performed on a child please bring a favorite book or toy to help ease any anxiety experienced by the child.

How Is An Abdominal Ultrasound Performed?

Upon arrival for your Abdominal Ultrasound you will be placed lying face up on an examination table. A water based gel is then applied to the area of the body that is to be scanned, in this case your abdomen.This gel eliminates air bubbles between your skin and the ultrasound transducer which can distort images. As the test is carried out you may feel slight pressure as the sonographer presses the ultrasound transducer against your skin. The sonographer will typically acquire images from various angles on your torso in an effort to obtain the clearest views of the target area.

The Abdominal Ultrasound Experience

The vast majority of our Abdominal Ultrasound patients experience a painless and easy examination. While there is usually no discomfort from the ultrasound transducer being pressed against your skin, there may be some minor discomfort or pain if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness. An Abdominal Ultrasound is normally completed within 30 minutes. You may resume your normal daily activities after your Abdominal Ultrasound appointment. [Our Talented Team Works With Your Doctor]

How Do I Get My Abdominal Ultrasound Results?

Your test will be read by one of our radiologists who will interpret the results and send a detailed report to the physician who referred you for your examination. Your physician will then share the results with you.