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    What does an abdominal (liver, gallbladder) ultrasound show?

    Posted by Ravi Sohal on Mon, Sep 14, 2009

    liver ultrasound preparationUltrasound tests use sound waves to create images of the internal organs. Abdominal ultrasounds are frequently ordered to evaluate the organs of the abdomen which include the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, and vessels such as the aorta and IVC Below are some common indications for an abdominal ultrasound.

    • Look for liver cirrhosis, infection and tumors.
    • Evaluate the gallbladder for stones, inflammation (cholecystitis) for polyps or tumors of the gallbladder that may cause abdominal pain.
    • Evaluate parts of the pancreas that are seen by ultrasound for large tumors and inflammation.
    • Look for kidney stones, blockages (hydronephrosis), tumors, cysts which can cause abdominal pain.
    • Look for an enlarged spleen, tumors or cysts of the spleen.
    • Rule out abdominal aortic aneurysms (ballooning of the aorta).
    • Check for fluid in the abdomen which can be seen in cirrhosis, infection or injury.

    Abdominal ultrasounds are also used to look for pyloric stenosis in young infants (causes projectile vomiting). It is used as a guide to biopsy tumors of the liver, kidneys and other nearby tissues.

    Below is a brief outline of the procedure.

    1. You will be asked to fast for at least 6 hours (so the gallbladder is full - it empties if you eat before the test and makes it very hard to evaluate).
    2. After you sign in, you'll be taken to the ultrasound room.
    3. An ultrasound technician will perform the test.
    4. Once you enter the room, you will lie down on a bed/gurney.
    5. The technologist will ask you to lift up your clothing, exposing your stomach.
    6. He or she will place a a warmed gel solution over the skin.
    7. The technologist will use an ultrasound probe and glide it over your abdomen while taking pictures.
    8. You may be asked to sit up for a part of the test to get better images of the gallbladder or kidneys.
    9. The technologist may ask the Radiologist doctor to review the scan before you leave.
    10. An official report is generated by the doctor in about 24-48 hours.

    If you are insured abdominal ultrasounds are covered. However, for uninsured patients these tests can be quite expensive. You can expect to pay anywhere between $250 and $800 for this test.

    Have you had an Abdominal ultrasound? What was it like? Please leave your comments below

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    Hi My blood test results showed that my white blood cell count is high so, they want to do an ultrasound tommorow on my abdomin since I've been having pain there for 3 weeks now and no appetite. They did see kidney stones in my CTscan. What do you think is wrong ?? Thank you

    posted @ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 5:42 PM by Bridget Stein

    I did not have any trouble with the ultrasound, except that I have osteoarthritis in my ribs, and the wand passing over the lower ribs was painful at times. The ultrasound was ordered because I was diagnosed with HCV a couple of years ago after some liver damage and now I am showing some symptoms of possible damage again (nausea, itching, fever)

    posted @ Tuesday, April 17, 2012 6:15 PM by DBehrens

    I had a ct done and it showed a abnormal area on my pancreas. Does anyone here ever had this? If so, what was it?

    posted @ Monday, June 11, 2012 6:59 PM by Jeff Michael

    I went to doctor for pain on both lower rib sides, he felt around, made order for test and now, I find that with weight gain not loss, I have pancreatic cancer spread to liver showed on test. 
    I think it's in my ribs too because it hurts a lot there. I'm not even 50 yet but pushing 50.

    posted @ Saturday, December 01, 2012 4:04 PM by Jason

    had a liver & gallbladder 
    ultrsound done. it was extremely 
    painful. what could be wrong.

    posted @ Friday, February 08, 2013 8:57 AM by carol fillmore

    I have type 2 and my sugars are up and down,there is pain in stomach area and the left smallof my back I have been on several diabeteic meds and at first thought they were to doctor ordered the abdomin and pelvic ulta sound as well as a swallow test Im very worried, tech spent alot of time on my left side ribs are very tender but have fibromyalgia and anklosing spondylitis..left pain with the ultra sound of pelvic in my younger days I had cysts on my ovaries...I guess its the waaiting game again

    posted @ Friday, February 15, 2013 7:19 PM by Erina

    6 months ago I was told my White blood count was very low to see my Dr. I Did, he never got back with me regarding the blood results. I have had bad ringing in ears for 2 years. My stomach hurts and feel sick always and my lower pelvic area hurts and my back hurts real bad. I have been bleeding from bowels bright read (a lot)in toilet also. Last night I went to pee and from my rectum I passed a small blood clot with blood. What kind of Dr should I see, my Gastrointerologist and have him do upper Indoscopy and a colonoscopy and a Stomach ultra sound and or what other kinds of tests need to be done?

    posted @ Friday, July 19, 2013 11:14 AM by Martha Gonterman

    I have had ringing in my ears for 2 years also and have had some rectal bleeding off and on already had a colonoscopy and was told it was just hemroids. But now I have pain in my abdomen for a couple months now so they did an ultrasound of my liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and spleen  
    Now I am just waiting for results. 

    posted @ Tuesday, March 18, 2014 5:40 PM by Amber

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