Abdominal Ultrasound

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Abdominal ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images in the upper abdominal region.  An abdominal ultrasound exam evaluates the abdominal organs including the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and spleen. 

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You may be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • You may be instructed to fast for 6-8 hours prior to the exam
  • The exam is painless, non-invasive and radiation-free. There are no known side effects to ultrasound.
  • Our experienced and caring sonographers who will be performing your exam are specifically accredited in ultrasound, and have been trained on our state of the art equipment.

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Why is This Exam Done?

Abdominal ultrasound is   used to study the organs and vessels within the abdomen to detect any abnormalities or to assess proper function. Patients may have this exam done due to symptoms they may be experiencing, abnormal blood work, or to follow up on surgeries.

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How Does it Work?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body’s tissues, structures, and blood flow.  A transducer/probe and ultrasound gel work in combination to absorb the reflected sound waves to produce images on the monitor.

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What Will Happen During the Exam?

The sonographer will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear.  Warm, water-based gel will be applied to the ultrasound transducer or directly on the skin.  The sonographer will then move the transducer around on the area to obtain clear images of the underlying structures for the physician to interpret.

The procedure typically lasts for 30 minutes, but the duration varies depending on the structures being examined.

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How Should I Prepare?

You may be instructed to fast for 6-8 hours prior to exam

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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of Abdominal Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound images are shown in real-time
  • The structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels are able to be seen and recorded
  • No ionizing radiation is used for this procedure

Risks you should be aware of:


Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform abdominal ultrasounds at all 10 of our office locations:

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