Reasons for Abdominal Ultrasound

When your doctor informs you that you need the Abdominal Ultrasound procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Abdominal Ultrasound is Performed


Alternate Names for Abdominal Ultrasound:
Diagnostic ultrasound of the abdomen
Sonogram
Ultrasound, abdominal



Reasons for Test

An ultrasound is used to find problems inside the abdominal cavity. It can show organs and movement. An ultrasound is most often done for the following reasons:

  • To diagnose an injury or disease
  • To help determine the cause of abdominal pain
  • To identify gallbladder stones or kidney stones
  • To assess masses in the abdomen
  • To help determine why an internal organ is enlarged
  • To examine the baby and womb in pregnant women
  • To evaluate changes or problems in the blood vessels


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Reasons For Abdominal Ultrasound
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Abdominal Ultrasound Complications
Complications
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Abdominal Ultrasound Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Abdominal Ultrasound Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Abdominal Ultrasound
Call Your Doctor
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