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Abdominal Ultrasound (Overview)

An abdominal ultrasound will reveal the position of the baby and determine if the baby is presenting head first (normal presentation) or bottom first (breech presentation).


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What does an abdominal ultrasound show?

What does an abdominal ultrasound show?

A lot: Ultrasound evaluates the liver, gallbladder, spleen, aorta, inferior vena cava, kidneys and pancreas. It can detect fluid in the abdomen and often will demonstrate enlarged lymph nodes. Abnormal bowel loops from crohn's disease, appendicitis, and colonic diverticulitis can also be seen. Best results can be had when the ultrasonographer is given info about what is most suspected clinically. ...Read more

Abdominal Ultrasound (Overview)

An abdominal ultrasound will reveal the position of the baby and determine if the baby is presenting head first (normal presentation) or bottom first (breech presentation).


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What does an abdominal ultrasound rule out?

What does an abdominal ultrasound rule out?

Many things: It depends what is being scanned. You can see liver mass, gallstones, kidney stones, fluid, and many other things. ...Read more

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How come I can't eat prior to abdominal ultrasound?

How come I can't eat prior to abdominal ultrasound?

Poor quality scan.: In order for the ultrasound to see deep organs such as the pancreas and aorta, the beam needs to pass through your stomach. If your stomach has food and (invariably also) gas in it, the sound beam cannot penetrate to the deep organs. When you eat, your gallbladder contracts. The gallbladder is best evaluated when it is distended with bile, which takes eight hours to accumulate after eating. ...Read more

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Can I smoke two hours before an abdominal ultrasound?

Can I smoke two hours before an abdominal ultrasound?

Consult your dr: Why would you want to? If youre having an ultrasound- there must be a reason. I don't think smoking added to that scenario is a good idea. However, consult with your physician who knows the reason for the ultrasound and your particular history. ...Read more

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What organs are covered under an abdominal ultrasound?

What organs are covered under an abdominal ultrasound?

Solid Organs: An ultrasound of the abdomen is an excellent way of looking at solid-(liver, kidney, uterus, ovaries, spleen) and fluid-filled (gallbladder) organs; "not so much" for hollow ones such as the intestine. A ct scan often provides complimentary and/or corroborating information and is better for some solid organs (pancreas). ...Read more

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Abdominal ultrasound has gotten be worried, what to do?

Abdominal ultrasound has gotten be worried, what to do?

Abdominal US: What is your specific worry? Going to have it done, or something about the results? You can speak with your physician about your concerns, or post the question on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Can I eat spicey food the day of an abdominal ultrasound?

Can I eat spicey food the day of an abdominal ultrasound?

No: The answer is not spicy. You should be instructed to not eat at all. There may be exceptions but i would check your specific instructions. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more