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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

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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Will an abdominal ultrasound show a fatty liver or early stages of cirrhosis?

Will an abdominal ultrasound show a fatty liver or early stages of cirrhosis?

It may: Show abnormality related to liver, but the findings are not specific. Further testing would be needed. ...Read more

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Would an abdominal ultrasound show a tumor in the colon? Does it even check the intestines?

Would an abdominal ultrasound show a tumor in the colon? Does it even check the intestines?

No: Ultrasound does not even attempt to evaluate bowel. The gas inside the bowel does not allow the sound waves to penetrate, causing "shadowing" which makes it near impossible to even get a look at most of the bowel. Occasionally in very thin people or children, the appendix can be seen if it is abnormal, but otherwise ultrasound is useless for evaluating bowel. ...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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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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My abdominal ultrasound shows that my liver shows increased echogenicity; what does that mean? Also shows my CBD. 40cm; what does that mean?

My abdominal ultrasound shows that my liver shows increased echogenicity; what does that mean? Also shows my CBD. 40cm; what does that mean?

Further testing poss: Increased liver echogenicity can be indicative of many things, the most common of which is fatty liver, a common problem for people who are overweight. The CBD is the common bile duct, which is normally less than 1 cm, so 0.40 cm is within the limits of normal. ...Read more

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Abdominal ultrasound:what does the following mean? "the liver shows mildly increased echogenicity compatible with fatty infiltration. No focal hepatic

Abdominal ultrasound:what does the following mean? "the liver shows mildly increased echogenicity compatible with fatty infiltration. No focal hepatic

Fatty infiltration: Is also called fatty liver. This is a condition known as steatosis in medical terms. Steatosis can lead to liver damage which can result in cirrhosis. Steatosis is associated with metabolic syndrome which is a collection of problems including diabetes and high blood pressure. You need to see your doctor and possibly a gastroenterologist if you liver labs are too bad. Time to start eating healthy. ...Read more

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8 week with abdominal ultrasound show only Yolk sac but no fetal pole.

8 week with abdominal ultrasound show only Yolk sac but no fetal pole.

Concerning: If you are truely 8 weeks you most likely should see a fetal pole. I suggest a hcg titer to confirm dating. A common issue here is that you may be not as far along as you think. ...Read more

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My abdominal ultrasound scan shows something like multiple cysts in an empty uterus. What caused these?

My abdominal ultrasound scan shows something like multiple cysts in an empty uterus. What caused these?

Ultrasound: Without the report it's difficult to be certain what they are describing. It's possible that you have cysts in your cervix which are common and benign (also known as Nabothian cysts). The other possibility is tiny cysts beside the endometrium which may be seen with adenomyosis (a form of endometriosis). ...Read more

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Are abdominal ultrasounds as accurate for dating as vaginal around 11 weeks of pregnancy? What is the margin of error for abdominal at this gestation?

Are abdominal ultrasounds as accurate for dating as vaginal around 11 weeks of pregnancy? What is the margin of error for abdominal at this gestation?

Yes, if...: An abdominal ultrasound at 11 weeks is just as accurate for dating as vaginal (+\- 1 wk) if the image quality is good. You can see early fetal anatomy much better vaginally though. ...Read more

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Hello, the abdominal ultrasound at 10.6 weeks showed the NT 3.2 mm., CRL 49mm. Should I worry about it? Thanks

Hello, the abdominal ultrasound at 10.6 weeks showed the NT 3.2 mm., CRL 49mm. Should I worry about it? Thanks

Nuchal Translucency: Greater than 3mm is usually considered abnormal. This is a nonspecific finding that can be associated with more generalized anomalies, so additional testing and follow up may be indicated. Talk to your OB about next steps. ...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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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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Could an abdominal ultrasound at 8 weeks be mistaken for a 12 week fetus?

Could an abdominal ultrasound at 8 weeks be mistaken for a 12 week fetus?

No: Any quality ultrasound in the first trimester should be accurate +\- 1 week. ...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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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

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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?

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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What does 'CBD 3mm at porta hepatis' mean on an abdominal ultrasound?

What does 'CBD 3mm at porta hepatis' mean on an abdominal ultrasound?

Normal: This is the common bile duct behind your liver aiding in digestion. It does not appear to be dilated and at 3 mm should be normal. I would see the doctor who ordered this test for more answers. Good luck. ...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

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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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Abdominal Ultrasound (Definition)

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