What does a patient need to do to prepare for an abdominal ultrasound exam?
Abdominal, limited abdominal and aorta (AAA) studies require that the patient ingest no food or drink for eight hours prior to the exam. This allows for proper evaluation of the gallbladder and also minimizes bowel gas that may obscure the visualization of other abdominal organs. Patients may drink a small amount of water for needed medications and, if diabetic, may eat as necessary to maintain proper blood sugar levels.
What will happen during the exam?
The abdominal ultrasound will be performed by a staff sonographer. He or she will coat the transducer with a coupling gel to facilitate movement of the probe and maximize image quality. Patients may feel some pressure but no pain. The entire exam takes approximately 30 to 60 minutes depending on the clinical question asked.
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