Abdominal & Retroperitoneal

Description - Abdominal and retroperitoneal ultrasound uses sound frequency in a range that is higher than humans are able to hear to produce images of internal structures on a viewing screen. In an abdominal examination, ultrasound produces images of the major organs, including the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and large blood vessels.

Indications: There are many reasons for examining the abdomen with ultrasound. Among the more common reasons are:


  • To look for causes of abdominal pain including gallstones, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, kidney stones, and appendicitis

  • To look for masses or enlargements in the liver or spleen

  • To look for kidney masses and diagnos obstruction

  • To evaluate jaundice or abnormal liver enzyme test.

  • To look for enlargement (aneurysms) of the abdominal aorta


Procedure - The room is usually darkened during the examination. A gel is applied to abdomen to provide good contact for the ultrasound transducer. The transducer is placed on the skin and sound is sent from it into the body. The sound reflects off the internal structures and is sent back to the transducer. The returning echoes are converted by electronics into an image of the internal structures on a viewing screen. These changing images can be recorded on film, paper or computer. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes.


Preparation - Fat free meal the night before the examination; nothing to eat or drink after midnight.

* This test information is intended for educational purposes only. This should not replace medical advice from your healthcare provider. Please call your healthcare provider if you have any medical questions concerning your health. For any questions regarding procedures, please contact Advanced Diagnostic P.C. office at 989-799-5699