In the abdominal ultrasound examination, frequency sound waves to effectively assess organs and vessels in the upper abdomen, including the pancreas, aorta, liver, gall bladder, common bile duct, kidneys and spleen.
This examination is best performed as early as possible in the day.
You will not be required to change for the abdominal ultrasound, but you will be asked to raise your shirt or top to the level of the chest so that the sonographer can examine the organs in the upper abdomen.
During the ultrasound study a clear gel will be applied to your skin, this is to enable the ultrasound to penetrate the skin layer. The sonographer will ask you to hold your breath or push out your stomach during the examination. These actions can improve the specific images obtained and the overall assessment.
You will initially lie on your back at the beginning of the examination as the pancreas and aorta are assessed. The sonographer will then request you to lie on your left side, which enables the liver, gall bladder, common bile duct and right kidney to be imaged. You will then lie on you right side, so that the spleen and left kidney can be assessed. A final examination of the gall bladder will be made with you standing, completing the study.