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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.
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: _________________