When you have a health concern involving your liver or gallbladder, you may need an abdominal ultrasound, a quick and safe imaging procedure. At SonoBreasts in Santa Monica, California, Jasmine Khorsandi and the team perform ultrasounds of the abdomen to produce pictures of structures in the area. Call the Los Angeles area office or schedule an abdomen ultrasound appointment online today.
An abdomen ultrasound is an imaging test that looks at the internal structures in your abdominal area. Often called an abdominal ultrasound, it uses sound wave technology to create images of your internal organs.
During an ultrasound of your abdominal area, your sonographer places an ultrasound transducer on your skin. The transducer sends sound waves into your body, which bounce off your organs, returning to the transducer. The transducer then sends the information to a computer that translates the sounds into images your sonographer views on a computer screen.
Unlike X-rays, an abdomen ultrasound doesn’t use radiation to get the images, making it a very safe diagnostic procedure.
Your health care provider may recommend an abdomen ultrasound if they have concerns about the organs in your abdominal cavity. An abdominal ultrasound evaluates the:
The technician does a Doppler ultrasound to look at the blood vessels in the abdomen. That special ultrasound tool allows the technician to create images of the movement of blood through your blood vessels.
The team at SonoBreasts provides instructions on how to prepare for your abdominal ultrasound. Other than wearing comfortable clothing, in most cases, there’s no special preparation needed, and you can eat your usual diet and take your medications as scheduled.
However, the team may request you eat a fat-free meal and stop eating eight to 12 hours before an abdomen ultrasound of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, or pancreas.
An abdominal ultrasound at SonoBreasts is a quick and painless test that takes 10 to 15 minutes. While you relax on the exam chair, your sonographer applies a gel to your skin, which helps glide the transducer and improves imaging.
Your sonographer then uses the transducer to get the desired images of the organ of concern. You may feel some light pressure from the ultrasound tool but no pain or discomfort.
You can resume your usual activities after your abdomen ultrasound. The SonoBreasts team sends the information collected to the radiologist, who examines the images and writes a report. Results take less than a week.
To schedule your abdomen ultrasound, call SonoBreasts or schedule an appointment online today.