Abdominal Ultrasound

Frequently Asked Questions about Abdominal Ultrasound

During the abdominal ultrasound exam, the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, spleen, blood vessels, and both the right and left kidneys are evaluated.
Patients are required to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day before their ultrasound exam.
You may take your medications before your exam; just be sure you take them only with water.
No, ultrasound is not the best imaging mode to evaluate the stomach or bowel because both contain air. Air and ultrasound are not diagnostically compatible. Ultrasound waves are unable to move through air diagnostically, this makes ultrasound evaluation of the stomach or bowel very limited.
Sound Health Imaging contracts with Proscan Reading Services to read our exams. They are fellowship-trained, board-certified radiologists with subspecialty training.
- The abdominal exam will be read by the radiologist within 24 hours of your study.
- The results will be sent directly to your referring provider the week-day after your exam.
We are Preferred Providers with all major insurances and bill globally for the exam plus the radiologist reading fee so patients don’t receive a separate billing from the radiologist. We also bill secondary insurances and accept all major credit cards.
- As a patient, you have a choice where your diagnostic ultrasound is performed.
- A physician’s order is required for the abdominal ultrasound.
- When you see your healthcare provider, let them know you would like to have your ultrasound scheduled at Sound Health Imaging. Or, after you see your physician, you can call our office and make your ultrasound appointment and then bring your doctor’s order with you at the time of exam.