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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 six 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 July 2, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2013.
Sanders RC. Real-time ultrasound in abdominal examinations. Radiology. 1979 Dec;133(3 Pt1):825.
Ultrasound—Abdomen. Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?pg=abdominus. Updated March 7, 2013. Accessed March 28, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Update Date: 06/24/2013