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Is it easy to miss an aneurysm on abdominal ultrasound?

Is it easy to miss an aneurysm on abdominal ultrasound?

NO: Duplex ultrasound is an excellent screening tool for abdominal aortic aneurysm detection. Limitations such as a very large abdomen, overlying bowel gas, or an inexperienced technician can lead to "missing" an aneurysm, but if the aorta can be seen, the test is very accurate. ...Read more

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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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Would an abdominal ultrasound be able to tell if you had aneurysm?

Would an abdominal ultrasound be able to tell if you had aneurysm?

Yes: Ultrasound will detect its presence but catscan is needed to evaluate the anatomy better as to need for therapy and choice of treatment modalities, whether endovascular vs. Open repair, or no treatment at all but observation/follow-up. ...Read more

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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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My abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, possible causes?

My abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, possible causes?

Ultrasound: Not at all sure, 'fuzzy' is not a typical ultrasound descriptor! What is the terminology used in the report? ...Read more

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Abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, what are the possible causes?

Abdominal ultrasound showed "fuzzy" liver, what are the possible causes?

Probably fatty liver: Fuzzy probably means a fatty or cirrhotic liver. The diagnosis can be refined by correlating with your body weight, medication use, blood liver function tests, viral hepatitis exposure and alcohol use among other things. ...Read more

Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...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