Ultrasound - Abdomen - Limited or Follow-Up

This test uses sound waves to create images of the tissues and organs in the abdomen.

This test uses sound waves to create images of the tissues and organs in the abdomen.

A follow-up abdominal ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of the tissues and organs in the abdomen. This includes the:

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

Your healthcare provider may order this ultrasound:

  • To screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm (if you are 65 years of age or older and have ever smoked)
  • To follow-up on a previous ultrasound
  • If you have new or continued abdominal symptoms

Here are some things you should know before having an ultrasound.

  • Your healthcare provider can tell you how to prepare.
  • They are usually painless. You may have some discomfort during the test if the area being examined is swollen or tender.
  • The test usually takes about 30 minutes.

During the test, a technician will move a probe over your abdomen.

  • The probe will be covered with a clear gel.
  • The gel helps send the sound waves to the computer.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Ultrasound - Abdomen - Limited or Follow-Up
Abdominal Ultrasound
Abdominal Sonogram
Abdominal Scan

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