Abdominal Ultrasound

An abdominal ultrasound is a noninvasive procedure used to assess the organs and structures within the abdomen. This includes the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen, and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound technology allows quick visualization of the abdominal organs and structures from outside the body. Ultrasound may also be used to assess blood flow to abdominal organs.gallbladder

Abdominal ultrasound may be used to assess the size and location of abdominal organs and structures. It can also be used to check the abdomen for conditions such as:

  • Cysts

  • Tumors

  • Collection of pus (abscesses)

  • Obstructions

  • Fluid collection

  • Blockages (clots) in blood vessels

  • Infection

The size of the abdominal aorta can be measured by ultrasound in order to detect an aortic aneurysm. Stones in the gallbladder, kidneys, and ureters may be detected by ultrasound.

Abdominal ultrasound may be performed to assist in placement of needles used to biopsy abdominal tissue or to drain fluid from a cyst or abscess.

Abdominal ultrasound may also be used to assess the blood flow of various structures within the abdomen.

There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend an abdominal ultrasound.

There is no radiation used and generally no discomfort from the application of the ultrasound transducer to the skin.

There may be risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor prior to the procedure.

Certain factors or conditions may interfere with the results of the test. These include:

  • Severe obesity

  • Barium within the intestines from a recent barium procedure

  • Intestinal gas