An order from your physician is required for this exam.
An ultrasound of the abdomen is used to provide images of the abdominal organs. A complete abdominal ultrasound will include images of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, aorta, IVC, kidneys and spleen.
A limited abdominal ultrasound would evaluate a specific organ, or an area of concern, such as a hernia or appendix.
You will need to be able to transfer to the exam bed with minimal assistance.
Wear comfortable clothing that you can readily pull up to expose your abdomen.
Most abdominal studies require the patient to be fasting, nothing to eat or drink at least 6 hours prior to the exam time. You may drink water and take any prescribed medications.
For children under the age of 6, nothing to eat 2 hours before exam time. Water is allowed.