Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal Ultrasound is an exam that obtains multiple longitudinal and transverse images of the upper abdominal organs by using sound waves. A hand-held transducer (probe) is used to create images of the abdominal organs. It can assist in diagnosing problems, such as abdominal masses, gallstones, kidney stones or liver disease.


  • Do not eat or drink anything for six hours before your exam or nothing to eat or drink after midnight if appointment is in the morning.
    • This includes chewing gum or smoking a cigarette as this will affect the exam.
    • If you take medication in the morning, you may take it with a sip of water only.
  • For children under 4 years old, skip one meal.
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.


  • You will lie on an exam table with your abdomen exposed.
  • Non-greasy gel will be applied to your skin during the exam.
  • The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your abdomen to obtain images of your organs.
  • The sonographer may ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during the exam.
  • You may be asked to change positions during exam.


  • Let the technologist know:
    • If you have had any previous surgery.
    • If you take any medication.
Take the next step

Choose a location and schedule an appointment.


Cookie Consent

We use cookies to improve your web experience. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. Read our Internet Privacy Statement to learn what information we collect and how we use it.

Accept All Cookies