Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging test. Ultrasound uses sound waves to form pictures of your internal organs that appear on a screen. It is used to assess pain or other symptoms. It can help detect organ problems, such as gallstones, kidney stones, or liver disease. This test involves no radiation and is harmless.
Before Your Test
For the success of your abdominal ultrasound, prepare as instructed. Do not eat or drink after midnight before your test. Appointments scheduled for the afternoon will require 6 hours of fasting prior to the time of your appointment. This includes water, coffee, and other liquids you would normally have. If you eat or drink anything, your test may be canceled. You may be asked to put on a gown.
During Your Test
You will lie down on an exam table. If the test is done on your neck, your head will be turned to the side, as if you were looking over your shoulder. Non-greasy gel will be applied to your neck. The sonographer will then press a handheld transducer (probe) against your neck. If the test is done on your leg, gel will be applied to your thigh. The probe will be pressed against this area.
Let the Sonographer know:
- Of your overall health
- Of any prior abdominal surgery
- Of why you are having the test
- Of any prior abdominal ultrasound tests
Approximate Exam Time
Between 20 and 45 minutes.
After Your Test
Before leaving, you may need to wait briefly while the images are being reviewed. You can get back to your normal routine right after the test. Your Doctor will let you know when the results are ready.