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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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For what reasons might a doctor order an abdominal ultrasound after seeing a transvaginal ultrasound?

For what reasons might a doctor order an abdominal ultrasound after seeing a transvaginal ultrasound?

Guesses: I could guess many things, such as partial visualization of a structure, vascular engorgement (pelvic congestion) that may be caused by compression of proximal vessels, or a negative pelvic ultrasound that was done for symptoms that can be caused by abdominal structures. But it would be best answered by the ordering physician. ...Read more

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Why would a doctor order an abdominal ultrasound to determine bleeding?

Why would a doctor order an abdominal ultrasound to determine bleeding?

Non-invasive: Before proceeding to surgery your doctor wants to know the results of a simple procedure which may provide valuable information. They are proceeding cautiously in a systematic progression of tests. Ultrasound is not invasive and can yield valuable info. Keep up with this good doctor. Also, why don't you ask them why they are doing this. ...Read more

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Why would my doctor order an abdominal ultrasound instead of pelvic one if 36 weeks pregnant?

Why would my doctor order an abdominal ultrasound instead of pelvic one if 36 weeks pregnant?

Better visualization: At 36 weeks pregnant, it is very difficult to see any of the anatomy of the baby or of your uterus through a pelvic ultrasound. The baby and the uterus are predominantly in the abdominal area. ...Read more

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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

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What does an abdominal ultrasound rule out?

What does an abdominal ultrasound rule out?

Many things: It depends on 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 you're 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?

See details.: This may depend on the place where it is done but usually it will include the liver, spleen, gallbladder, bile vessels, kidneys, adrenals and great vessels. Bowel gas may interfere with seeing all the above. ...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

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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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When will i be able to see my baby on an abdominal ultrasound?

When will i be able to see my baby on an abdominal ultrasound?

Very early, depends: This really depends on what you want to see. Some need an ultrasound early, like at week 8, to confirm a viable pregnancy. At that point, you may see a teeny "walnut" as my wife calls it, with a beating heart. The classic ultrasound is done at 20 weeks, with most parts present. That's when they typically tell the sex of the baby. ...Read more

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Black holes in organs in abdominal ultrasound, what could this be?

Black holes in organs in abdominal ultrasound, what could this be?

Ultrasound: "Black hole" could be anything from a benign cyst to a more serious abnormality. Really need more specific terminology to assess this, maybe re submit question with verbiage from the report. ...Read more

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What to do if I have black holes in organs in abdominal ultrasound?

What to do if I have black holes in organs in abdominal ultrasound?

See below. : Do nothing till you get the radiology report, then discuss results with your pcp. To guess the findings without seeing the study would be a grave mistake. "Black hole" would normally be felt to be cysts (or cystic) or blood vessles on end, but the size and number will need to be evaluated by the radiologist to come up with a diagnosis. ...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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What do the abbreviations on the right side of an abdominal ultrasound mean?

A few include...: Reports are not always standardized so there is local variation.

In general, a few of the abbreviations used for the type of ultrasound you describe are:

us or u/s: ultrasound
ruq: right upper quadrant (of abdomen)
cbd: common bile duct
gb: gall bladder
abd: abdomen
wnl: within normal limits
cd or cdi: color doppler or color doppler images

I hope that helps... ...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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I know it's a long list (probably) but what are the main things that an abdominal ultrasound look for/treat?

I know it's a long list (probably) but what are the main things that an abdominal ultrasound look for/treat?

Treats nothing: Abdominal ultrasound does not treat anything. Using an ultrasound you can look at the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleed, kidneys and major blood vessels. They can also be used to look at a fetus in pregnant women. It is the best first test to use when evaluting for gallbladder problems. It does a good job finding masses, cysts or fluid. It doesn't evaluate intestinal problems very well. ...Read more

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Why is there red in abdominal ultrasound?

Red: Usually is coded to demonstrate flow in a vessel towards the ultrasound transducer. Blue is usually coded for flow away. ...Read more

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Can a bezoar be diagnosed with abdominal ultrasound?

Can a bezoar be diagnosed with abdominal ultrasound?

Bezoar: Bezoars are detectable as a mass lesion on most tests (eg, x-ray, ultrasound, ct) that may be done to evaluate upper GI symptoms. They may be mistaken for tumors; upper endoscopy is usually done. On endoscopy, bezoars have an unmistakable irregular surface and may range in color from yellow-green to gray-black. An endoscopic biopsy that yields hair or plant material is diagnostic. ...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

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


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