Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal UltrasoundAn 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
  • Gallbladder
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen

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

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.