What is an Ultrasound of the Abdomen?

This is a noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen. 

What to expect?

The procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes.  A clear gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin.  The technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. 

What are some of the common uses? 

Ultrasound of the abdomen is typically used to:  

  • Evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen 
  • Help diagnose conditions, such as:  

What to do?

In most instances you will be instructed not to have any food or drink 8 hours prior to the exam.  Exact instructions will be given when you schedule your exam. 

How will I learn the results?

A specialized body imaging radiologist will review and analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you. 

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment, please call 888.364.6400.

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