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Abdominal Exam Preparation


An abdominal ultrasound looks at the gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and spleen. It also includes a view of the aorta and retroperitoneum.

Exam Preparation:

Please do not eat solid food or drink anything but water for six hours before the exam. Routine medications may be taken. If you are diabetic consult with your doctor.

What will happen during my exam?

How is the exam performed? The patient lies on a table with the abdominal area exposed. The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a warm water-based gel on the skin surface. The gel helps to transmit the sound waves by excluding air. An instrument called a transducer, which is about the size of a microphone, will be moved over the skin surface by the sonographer.

Who will do my exam?

A licensed technologist who is registered through the ARDMS, (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers).

How long will the exam take?

 About 30 minutes.

Will it hurt?


Exam Results:

Upon completion of the exam, a radiologist from BIDMC or Children's Hospital will interpret your exam. Your doctor will be contacted with the results.

Contact Information

482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420