Abdominal Ultrasound

Your doctor has requested an ultrasound of your abdomen. Ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that uses sound waves to “see” inside your body. The scan can help diagnose such medical conditions a cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, as well as problems in the liver, kidneys, pancreas or spleen. At DVT Diagnostic Services, INC., we have a specialized team of Radiologists and technologists who are experts in ultrasound radiology.

Before Your Exam

You must not eat or drink for eight hours prior to your exam.
We want to make your waiting time as pleasant as possible. Consider bringing your favorite magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time.
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.

During Your Exam

You will be asked to change into a gown. A diagnostic medical sonographer will explain your exam and answer any questions you may have.
Your procedure will be performed with you lying flat on your back on the examination table. The technologist will apply warm gel to the skin of your abdomen. This gel helps the sound waves to get from the machine into your body. It is very similar to hair styling gel.
A transducer, a small, microphone-like device, will be placed over various locations on your abdomen.
Sound waves will bounce off certain organs and tissue in your body. This creates “echoes.” The echoes are reflected back to the transducer, which converts them to electronic signals. A computer then processes the signals into pictures and shows them on a television monitor.
These moving images may be viewed immediately, or photographed for further study.
Your exam will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

After Your Exam

You may resume your regular diet, unless told otherwise by your doctor.
Your study will be reviewed by a cardiologist/radiologist and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.