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Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to form pictures of your abdominal organs. It can help detect organ problems, such as gallstones, kidney stones, or liver disease.

Woman lying on table with part of abdomen exposed. Healthcare provider is holding ultrasound probe against her skin. Ultrasound probe is attached to ultrasound machine and monitor.
A hand-held transducer (probe) is used to help create images of your organs.

Before Your Test

  • Be sure to mention the medications you take and ask if it’s OK to take them before your test.

  • Do not eat or drink for 6 hours before the test. Note: If you eat or drink anything, your test may be canceled.

For best results, be prepared to answer questions about your medical history including the following:

  • Prior abdominal surgery

  • Prior abdominal ultrasound tests

  • Any medications you are taking

During Your Test

  • You may be asked to put on a gown.

  • You will lie on an exam table with your abdomen exposed.

  • A nongreasy gel will be put on your skin.

  • The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your abdomen. This probe helps create images of your abdominal organs.

  • You may see the pictures of your organs on screen.

Your Test Results

Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up visit or over the phone. Your next appointment is: _________________

Online Resources

Radiological Society of North America  http://www.radiologyinfo.org/content/ultrasound-abdomen.htm

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