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Do I need to drink a lot of water before abdominal ultrasound?

Do I need to drink a lot of water before abdominal ultrasound?

Unsure: If it is for gb no but for the lower abdomen yes since your bladder may be used as a window. This should be in your 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


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Good morning, i had an abdominal ultrasound which revealed lesions on my liver, suggesting liver hemangioma. But to be sure they want me to have a CT scan. I am scared. I am a 35 year old female, otherwise healthy, non smoker, non drinker.... The size of

Good morning, i had an abdominal ultrasound which revealed lesions on my liver, suggesting liver hemangioma. But to be sure they want me to have a CT scan. I am scared. I am a 35 year old female, otherwise healthy, non smoker, non drinker.... The size of

Liver hemangioma: Liver hemangiomas are common benign lesions incidentally seen on ultrasound. There are rare tumors that can appear similar to hemangiomas on ultrasound. Radiologists routinely recommend ct or MRI to confirm the diagnosis of benign hemangioma. ...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

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Is it okay to eat dairy the day before an abdominal ultrasound?

Is it okay to eat dairy the day before an abdominal ultrasound?

Yes: You are usually asked to refrain from eating after midnight before an ultrasound. Now, if you are lactose intolerant it probably would be a good idea not to load up on regular milk since excess gas in the bowel could interfere with getting good ultrasound views of the abdomen. ...Read more

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Please tell me what information can I get from an abdominal ultrasound?

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

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Is it normal for techs not to give you the results of an abdominal ultrasound scan?

Is it normal for techs not to give you the results of an abdominal ultrasound scan?

Standard procedure: The technicians training is focused on producing a quality study, like a photograph in focus. This may include figuring out how to get an image of an area behind a bladder or locating an elusive pancreas or gland. Though they may come to understand some of what is in the picture, their expertise is getting the picture, not recognizing all the stuff in it. The dr is trained to sort out the images. ...Read more

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Can an abdominal ultrasound rule out portal hypertension?

Can an abdominal ultrasound rule out portal hypertension?

It will be helpful: An ultrasound help determine shape size and distendibility of veins, arteries organs and see pathology. So it will be helpful in the diagnoses of the portal vein pathology if present. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a pelvic & abdominal ultrasound?

What is the difference between a pelvic & abdominal ultrasound?

Location: Abdominal sono looks below diaphragm and above pelvic brim, sees liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, lymph nodes, blood vessels. Pelvic sono looks at gyn organs, bladder, nodes, vessels. ...Read more

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Are there any fetal risks to an abdominal ultrasound examination?

None known.: Despite theoretical concerns, extensive clinical experience with prenatal ultrasound for the past 3 decades suggests extreme safety with medically indicated use of alara (as low as reasonably achievalbe) energy/exposure. Scandinavian study suggested increased incidence of non-righthandedness after routine prenatal ultrasounds - but larger follow-up failed to confirm this. ...Read more

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Might diverticula be seen as thromboses on an abdominal ultrasound?

Might diverticula be seen as thromboses on an abdominal ultrasound?

Different: Diverticula are outpouchings of the bowel, most commonly seen in the colon. Thrombosis is a clot in a vein or artery. Different animals that shouldn't be confused. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to drink coffee before an abdominal ultrasound?

Is it possible for you to drink coffee before an abdominal ultrasound?

Not recommended: You should avoid taking any fluid (even water) for the interval recommended before the abdominal ultrasound. Smoking and chewing gum are also to be avoided. The reason is that these activities increase gas in the bowel and that makes it harder for ultrasound to see abdominal organs. Also, we want the gallbladder to be distended with bile and even drinking water can cause it to contract. ...Read more

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I am having an abdominal ultrasound. Will it detect intestinal blockages? I

Family practice: I don't know why they ordered an u/s , probably to look for gallstones. Ct would be better to look for intestinal blockage. See what your dr says. ...Read more

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I saw spots on my abdominal ultrasound, is that normal? (i think it was my liver)

I saw spots on my abdominal ultrasound, is that normal? (i think it was my liver)

Need more info: Impossible to answer accurately your question with the information provided. Data needed: 1) how big is/are the lesion(s)? 2) how long has/have it/they been there? 3) is it enlarging, and at what rate? 4) does it appear cystic or solid? 5) is it causing symptoms? 6) do you have underlying liver disease? 7) has a tissue diagnosis (biopsy) been pursued? Good luck. ...Read more

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What can I do if my abdominal ultrasound shows that my baby is in the breech position?

What can I do if my abdominal ultrasound shows that my baby is in the breech position?

Wait it out: Babies do change positions during pregnancy so it could switch by next week. If it doesn't switch naturally, sometimes the OB can try a turning maneuver called a version to turn it., but this has some risks. If you go to full term as a breach expect a surgical delivery. ...Read more

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What could cause an elevated liver profile, determined by bloodwork? Having an abdominal ultrasound in 2 days, and I am scared.

What could cause an elevated liver profile, determined by bloodwork? Having an abdominal ultrasound in 2 days, and I am scared.

Fatty liver...: Alcohol and fatty liver are the two most common causes of elevated lfts (e.g. Ast/alt). The list of other, less common possible causes is long and includes chronic hepatitis, autoimmune diseases, drugs, granulomatous diseases and metabolic liver diseases. Good luck! ...Read more

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Recently had an abdominal ultrasound and my liver shows the echo texture is coarsened and suggests fatty changes. Is this serious?

Recently had an abdominal ultrasound and my liver shows the echo texture is coarsened and suggests fatty changes. Is this serious?

It can be.: In some patients, fatty liver can cause inflammation and create an illness called nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH). It is possible for this to result in the liver damage. At this point, I would recommend that you try to work on losing weight if you are heavy, and see your doctor for further work up to be sure your liver is okay. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could an abdominal ultrasound at 8 weeks be off by a month (month further along)? Fetus looks like a little bean & sac is still visible.

Could an abdominal ultrasound at 8 weeks be off by a month (month further along)? Fetus looks like a little bean & sac is still visible.

Yes: Better at 8 weeks is to have a vaginal ultrasound as they are much more accurate for dating pregnancies this early. A vaginal ultrasound should be off by at most, +/- 5 days, no more. Definitely not a month. Ultrasound is possibly more accurate at this age than is last menstrual period. If lmp and ultrasound differ by more than 5 days, doctors will use ultrasound to date pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr told me to do asap upper abdominal ultrasound 'cause basal insuline is high(38mg/dl).is my insuline level worring?which diseases increase insuline?

Dr told me to do asap upper abdominal ultrasound 'cause basal insuline is high(38mg/dl).is my insuline level worring?which diseases increase insuline?

Insulin resistance: High insulin levels usually indicate insulin resistance, a complex abnormality seen with excessive weight. It increases the risk for diabetes. Rarely, a high insulin level can indicate a pancreatic tumor, if measured at a time when the blood glucose is LOW. in that case an abdominal ultrasound might be indicated, among other things ...Read more

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What is the accuracy of an abdominal ultrasound in the first trimester? Possible to be off 4 weeks?

What is the accuracy of an abdominal ultrasound in the first trimester? Possible to be off 4 weeks?

Ultrasounds: Nope. It is very unlikely that an early ultrasound is inaccurate by much, especially four weeks. The early ultrasounds are much more accurate in general. ...Read more

Abdominal Ultrasound (Definition)

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