An abdominal ultrasound is an exam that allows your organs, structures, and blood vessels to be visualized in real time. Meaning, the technologist performing the exam sees your organs at that moment versus in a still image. An ultrasound machine uses high frequency wavelengths to demonstrate real time images and then captures images of interest.An abdominal ultrasound is ordered by physicians to help diagnose a number of different conditions depending on your symptoms. Common symptoms include abdominal pain and distention. Additional exams may be necessary such as a cat scan.
The exam will produce images of your organs and other structures in the abdomen. Organs include; the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, aorta, the right and left kidneys and the bladder.
When you arrive at Houston Medical Imaging, you will fill out paperwork and sign a consent form. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. During the ultrasound you will lie on an exam bed. The procedure is painless and safe (no ionizing radiation) and may take up to an hour to perform. The technician may apply some pressure with the ultrasound probe when trying to visualize certain organs.
Once your exam is complete the radiologist will read the films and send a report to your physician.
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