abdominal ultraound


This procedure examines the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, aorta, vena cava, and common bile duct.

Several Common Indications for the Exam:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Abnormal blood test
  • Gallstones
  • Enlarged liver

What to Expect

You will be given an examination gown and asked to undress from the waist up. While lying flat on the exam table with your abdomen exposed a warm gel will be placed on your skin. The sonographer will then position an ultrasound transducer on your abdomen and use varied amounts of pressure to obtain the desired images. You will be asked to roll from side to side and breathe deeply, holding your breath while images are being taken.

Exam Preparation

You will be required to have nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the examination time. For this reason, the exam is usually scheduled first thing in the morning.

Test Results

In emergent cases, or if requested by your referring provider, a preliminary report of findings will be provided immediately following the examination. Final reports are typically available in the morning of the next business day.