Ultrasound imaging of the abdomen uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures within the upper abdomen. It is used to help diagnose pain or
distention (enlargement) and evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, spleen and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive
and does not use ionizing radiation.
This procedure requires little to no special preparation. You should refrain from eating or drinking 6-8 hours beforehand unless instructed otherwise
at the time of scheduling. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.