An Abdominal Ultrasound produces real-time images of the major organs of your body. This allows your doctor to see any abnormalities like lumps, and may also be used to guide needles for tissue samples, to drain fluids from cysts, or to examine blood flow in your abdomen.
Certain factors may interfere with the results of an abdominal ultrasound, including sever obesity, food in the stomach, and intestinal gas.
Preparation: Fasting. Patients should not eat or drink for 6-8 hours before the exam.
Typical Procedure Time: 30 Minutes
An Abdominal Ultrasound may be commonly used to diagnose gall stones, pancreatic of renal masses, abdominal aortic aneurysms, liver disease, and other issues affecting the organs.
Abdominal ultrasounds are most typically used when the following indications are present: