Abdominal Ultrasound Care
Abdominal Ultrasound Details
Alternate Names for Abdominal Ultrasound:
Diagnostic ultrasound of the abdomen
Your doctor may do the following:
- Physical exam
- Blood or urine tests
In some cases, your doctor may instruct you to:
- 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.
You will lie on a table. Your doctor will put gel on your stomach. The gel helps the sound waves travel between the machine and your body.
The ultrasound machine has a hand-held instrument called a transducer, which looks like a microphone or wand. The transducer is pushed against your skin where the gel has been applied. The transducer sends sound waves into your body. The waves bounce off your internal organs and echo back to the transducer. The echoes are converted into images that are shown on a screen. The doctor examines the images on the screen. He may also make a photograph of them.
You may be asked to change positions or hold your breath during the exam.After Test
The gel will be cleaned off your abdomen. You will be able to leave after the test is done. You will be able to return to your normal activities.How Long Will It Take?
30 minutesWill It Hurt?
No. But, if you have a full bladder during the test, you may feel uncomfortable.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.