If you regularly experience abdominal pain and it doesn’t respond to conservative measures of care, an abdominal ultrasound can provide important insights. At Orange Diagnostic Ultrasound, Inc., in Orange, California, we offer a wide range of ultrasound services, including abdominal ultrasounds, to men, women, and children. If your physician has ordered one, please call the office or book online today.
An abdominal ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure that uses soundwaves to take 2D pictures of your pancreas, spleen, kidneys, gallbladder, and liver. It can also provide information on the health and function of the blood vessels in and around your abdomen.
Preparing for an abdominal ultrasound is different for each patient. Overnight fasting and morning appointments are generally a standard practice. Call our office before your appointment and you’ll receive specific instructions on how to prepare for your abdominal ultrasound. Make sure to follow your technician’s instructions carefully to achieve the most accurate and timely results and to help avoid the need for a return appointment.
At Orange Diagnostic Ultrasound, Inc., we conduct abdominal ultrasounds on-site as an outpatient procedure. Next, your technician carefully applies a warm, water-based gel to the skin of your stomach. The gel lubricates the transducer, making it easy for your technician to take pictures of your internal organs.
After applying the gel, your technician moves the transducer back and forth and up and down. The transducer emits soundwaves that bounce off your internal organs. The transducer catches the waves and converts them into 2D images that display in real-time on a computer monitor.
The length of an abdominal ultrasound depends on the issues being addressed. Most people are in and out of the office within 40-60 minutes. There’s no recovery period or downtime. As soon as you’re finished, you can return to work or other routine activities right away.
To schedule an abdominal ultrasound appointment at Orange Diagnostic Ultrasound, Inc., call the office or book online today.