The abdominal ultrasound can help diagnose such medical conditions as cancer, gallbladder disease, gallstones, as well as problems in the liver, kidneys, pancreas or spleen.
You must not eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your exam. You will not feel any pain; however, you may feel mild pressure from the transducer as the technologist will apply pressure to your abdomen.
The Radiologist will read the ultrasound pictures on the day of your test. If the results are abnormal, your physician will be notified within 24 hours or the next business day and the nurse will contact you. If the results are normal, you will receive a letter within 5-7 days.