Upper Abdominal & Retroperitoneal Ultrasound

Upper Abdominal & Retroperitoneal Ultrasound

A safe and painless ultrasound is performed to produce a picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys. 

This test is used to find the cause of abdominal pain; check the size, shape, and position of the liver; detect gallstones, inflammation of the gallbladder, or blocked bile ducts; learn the size of an enlarged spleen and look for damage or disease; find problems with the pancreas; find out the size of the kidneys, detect kidney masses, detect fluid surrounding the kidneys, investigate causes for recurring urinary tract infections, or check the condition of transplanted kidneys; and find out whether a mass in any of the abdominal organs is a solid tumor or a simple fluid-filled cyst.

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General Preparation Information

Each imaging exam has its own guidelines. Special instructions for your exam will be given at the time of scheduling. For certain procedures, we will contact you 24-48 hours prior to your exam with specific preparation instructions. The following are general guidelines that apply to all imaging exams:

  • Notify your physician and our staff if there is any chance that you may be pregnant and/or are currently breastfeeding.
  • Discuss any special needs – such as dietary and/or physical limitations – with us in advance.
  • Ask us about recovery time in advance, and let us know if you require a driver so that you can make the necessary arrangements with work and/or family.
  • Wear comfortable, metal-free clothing. Be prepared to change into a patient gown if necessary.
  • Arrive 20 minutes in advance to verify your registration information and provide any additional health information before your exam.
  • Bring prior x-rays or scans with you to the exam if you are instructed to do so.

Upper Abdominal & Retroperitoneal Ultrasound Preparation Information

  • The patient must not have anything to eat or drink (even water) starting at midnight the night before the exam.


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