An abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging test that uses sound waves to create images of organs within the abdomen. A Sonographer will place a handheld device, also called a transducer, onto the skin over the abdomen. The transducer sends and receives sound waves through the body, then converts the waves into images on a monitor.
It can be used to determine the cause of abdominal pain, detect gallbladder or kidney stones, identify the cause of abnormal blood tests, or monitor tumors. The procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes, but could take longer depending which areas of the body are being viewed. Depending on the type of test, you may need to drink fluid before the ultrasound or you may be asked to fast for several hours before the procedure. There are no documented risks to having an ultrasound regardless of age or health. If needed, we can also perform pelvic, renal, bladder and thyroid ultrasounds.