Within this blog post, we will explore what an abdominal ultrasound is and then delve into other aspects relating to it; keep reading to find out more. 


So what is an abdominal ultrasound? 

An abdominal ultrasound is a non-invasive technique used to examine the internal abdomen area. This specific type of technology enables quick imagery in and outside of the body – sometimes, it is also used to assess the abdominal organs blood circulation. 


Why is it used? 

This type of ultrasound is the preferred screening process for abdominal based ailments; the imaging examination can be used as a starting point for early diagnosis and the elimination of any early health conditions. 

A medical health professional may request this type of assessment if they detect any possible issues in areas of the body, such as: 

  • Blood vessels in the abdomen
  • Gallbladder
  • Intestines
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen

It can help them find the source and cause of stomach related issues whilst also helping to check for other problems such as kidney stones, liver disease and tumours. 


What is the process like? 

The procedure starts with an expert applying a small amount of warm gel to the abdomen – the purpose of the gel is to work with the ultrasound device to provide better imagery. The healthcare professional then lightly presses the transducer against the stomach area, moving it in various motions to get a more precise and accurate result. The device then sends a signal to a computer, creating images that show the structures within the abdomen. 


How do you prepare for an abdominal ultrasound? 

Professionals recommend avoiding food and drink for approximately eight to twelve hours before the ultrasound. Having food and liquids in the stomach can make it challenging to get a clear picture of your internal abdominal. 


What are the benefits of this? 

  • It’s painless 
  • Quick and accurate 
  • An overall smoother process for all