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Abdomen Ultrasound- About the Exam

Abdominal ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test which acquires images of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen. Abdominal ultrasound imaging is performed to evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and abdominal aorta and other blood vessels in the abdomen.

Ultrasound imaging of the abdomen is used to help diagnose a variety of conditions including abdominal pain or distention, abnormal liver function, enlarged abdominal organ, stones, and an aneurysm in the aorta. Additionally, ultrasound may be used to provide guidance for biopsies.

What you can expect during a abdomen ultrasound:

  • You will be positioned lying flat on your back on an examination table.
  • A clear water-based gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body.
  • The radiologist or technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin in various locations.
  • When the examination is complete, you may be asked to dress and wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed.
  • Abdominal ultrasound imaging is usually completed within 30 minutes.

Learn how to prepare abdominal ultrasound.

Learn the benefits and risks of abdominal ultrasound.

Watch the Ultrasound - What to Expect Video.