Ultrasound - Abdomen

This test uses sound waves to create images of the organs in the abdomen.

This test uses sound waves to create images of the organs in the abdomen.

An abdominal ultrasound uses sound waves to create detailed images of the organs in the abdomen (such as the liver, gallbladder, and kidneys). Your healthcare provider may order this test to look for the cause of abdominal pain, swelling or other symptoms.

Here are some things you should know before having this test.

  • Your healthcare provider can tell you how to prepare. In some cases, you may need to fast for several hours before the test.
  • During the test, a technician will move a probe over your chest. The probe will be covered with a clear gel that helps send the sound waves to the computer.
  • Ultrasound is usually painless. You may have some discomfort during the test if your abdomen is swollen or tender.
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.
  • The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, why do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Abdomen
Sonogram of Abdomen
Abdominal Ultrasound
Abdominal Sonogram
Abdominal Scan

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