An abdominal ultrasound produces a picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen.
A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of an abdominal ultrasound exam.
Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood velocity as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
Common Uses of an Abdominal Ultrasound
Abdominal ultrasound is used to evaluate the:
- Abdominal aorta and other blood vessels of the abdomen
Ultrasound is used to help diagnose a variety of conditions such as:
- Abdominal pain or distention.
- Abnormal liver function.
- An aneurysm in the aorta.
- Enlarged abdominal organ.
- Stones in the gallbladder or kidney.
Additionally, ultrasound may be used to provide guidance for biopsies.
Doppler ultrasound images can help your doctor see and evaluate:
- Blockages to blood flow (such as clots).
- Narrowing of vessels (which may be caused by plaque).
- Tumors and congenital malformation.