Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to visualize organs and structures in the body using sound waves. An abdominal ultrasound is done to visualize the kidneys, gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas or aorta and vascular structures within the abdominal cavity. This exam may be performed to evaluate for enlargement of organs, presence of stones or cysts, masses or any number of other abnormalities.

How do I prepare for the exam?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by specially trained and accredited ultrasound technologist.

The patient will lie on an exam table. The abdomen will be exposed, and towels will be placed over the patient's clothing to protect them from the ultrasound gel. Ultrasound gel will be applied to the area for scanning.

The technologist will place a transducer (or probe) over the gel and move it over the surface of the abdomen, sometimes applying varying degrees of pressure. Patients may be asked to hold their breath, or roll from side to side during the exam.

The exam will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

What can I expect after the exam?

You will be able to resume normal activities upon your release.

All exams are reviewed by a Radiologist, and a report will be sent to your ordering physician.

** Please note that while the images are available for immediate viewing, the ultrasound technologist is not permitted to give results of your test during the exam. Only a Radiologist or trained physician is permitted to interpret the exam images.