Ultrasound Abdomen Complete
The abdomen refers to your belly, which is the area between the chest and groin and holds many vital organs like the stomach, the intestines (small and large), the pancreas, the liver and gallbladder, the kidneys, the ureters, the bladder, and many blood vessels (arteries and veins). In an ultrasound abdomen, sound waves are transmitted through a transducer placed over the skin to visualize these structures through images displayed on the attached computer to identify diseases causing symptoms.
Why and when do you need this test?
You may need to undergo this test for the following reasons;
- Abdominal pain
- Abdominal distension
- Trauma to the abdomen
- Suspected liver or gallbladder disease
- To check for Infections or pus formation in the abdominal organs
- Collection of fluid in the abdomen
- Inability to pass stool or gas for a longer duration. (to check for intestinal obstruction)
- masses, tumors, cancers, and abscesses of the abdominal organs that may be palpable or identified by some other tests
- Suspected abnormalities of abdominal blood vessels (blockage, dilatation, constriction)
Do you need to prepare for the test?
You may need to take care of a few things to make this test a success;
- You will be guided to stop eating for around 8-12 hours before the test.
- You will be guided about water drinking and peeing by your doctor. You may need a filled bladder.
- Wear loose, easy, and comfortable dressing to expose the parts when asked.
- Take your medicines as guided by your doctor.
What can you expect?
- In the room designated for ultrasound, there will be a bed to lie down for you.
- After you are comfortably lying down, the technologist will put some gel on your belly region
- The doctor will then put a transducer probe which looks like a microphone, over the gel.
- The transducer will transmit sound waves to the body and back from the body to the computer to form images.
- The technologist may request you to roll on your side during the procedure.
- Although it’s a painless procedure, you may feel pain if the area is tender.
- After the exam, you may return to daily activities normally.
- This procedure may take about 20-30 minutes.
Are there any risks to this test?
Ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure that does not use X- rays, so it is usually safe and has no risks.
What do the test results mean?
The abnormal results may include;
- Fatty liver disease
- Gall Bladder stones
- Enlarged liver or spleen
- Inflammation of the gallbladder (Cholecystitis)
- Inflammation of the Pancreas (Pancreatitis)
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm
- Kidney, Ureter, or Urinary bladder stones
- Cancers of the digestive tract
- Kidney or Bladder cancer
Other related tests may include:
- CT scan of the abdomen
- MRI with cholangiogram
Frequently ordered together
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- Acid Base Disorders
- Hematuria (Blood in urine)
- Proteinuria (Protein in urine)
- Acute Kidney Failure
- Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD) including diabetes related CKD
- End stage renal disease needing dialysis or Kidney Transplant
- Kidney Stones
Hasan Riaz MD
Tatiana Arilha Thom, MD
- General and Urgent Care- all ages
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- Pancreaticobiliary Disease
- Abdominal Pain and Pelvic Floor Disorders
- Anorectal Diseases
- Barrett's Esophagus
- Biliary and Pancreatic Disorders
- Esophageal Disorders
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD
- Gastrointestinal Malignancies
- High Grade Dysplasia
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis
- Liver Disease
- Motility Disorders
- Zenker's Diverticulum
- Interventional gastroenterology procedures like Endoscopic ultrasound, ERCP, Barrett’s treatment. liver and lymph node biopsies etc
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- Acute And Chronic Conditions
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- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
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