Diagnostic Ultrasound of the Abdomen
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Reasons for Test
- Diagnose an injury or disease
- Help determine the cause of abdominal pain, especially appendicitis
- Identify gallbladder stones or kidney stones
- Assess masses or fluid collections in the abdomen
- Assess the cause of abnormal liver function
- Help determine why an internal organ is enlarged
- Examine the baby and uterus in pregnant women
- Evaluate changes or problems in the blood vessels
What to Expect
Prior to test
- Fast for 8-12 hours before the test. This will decrease the amount of gas in your intestines and make your organs easier to see.
- Have a full bladder before the test. You may need to drink 6 or more glasses of water without going to the bathroom.
Description of the Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
Association for Medical Ultrasound http://www.aium.org
Radiological Society of North America http://www.radiologyinfo.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Radiology Consultants Associated https://www.radiology.ca
ACR practice guideline for performing and interpreting diagnostic ultrasound examinations. American College of Radiology website. Available at: http://www.acr.org/~/media/13B896B9F4844E3082E7D7ED66AFC148.pdf. Updated 2011. Accessed March 5, 2013.
General ultrasound imaging. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=genus. Updated 2014. Accessed January 26, 2015.
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Ultrasound—abdomen. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=abdominus. Updated February 12, 2014. Accessed January 26, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/24/2013 -