Abdominal ultrasound gives image of organs of the inside of the body.
Ultrasound beam reaches from the device toward walls of the screened organ, bounces back from hard structures, and image is displayed on the monitor.
Abdominal ultrasound is totally painless method of diagnostics. The procedure will take about 15 to 30 minutes. It is widely used in diagnosis of various kinds of diseases.
What is studied with abdominal ultrasound?
- Gall bladder
- Intestine (tumour may be found inside and outside of the bowels, blood flow disorders and other pathologic changes)
- Pelvic organs, including: ovaries, uterine tubes, uterus; it can detect early changes and watch woman’s physiologic cycle, find uterine and ectopic pregnancy, and malignant changes.
Modern devices enable to visualize construction of internal parts of the body and evaluate their state or see lack of blood supply. Malignant and benign tumours may be seen and watched their development inside abdomen. Liver stones, stomach cancer, collected fluids, abnormal growths can be seen as well as estimated their state.
The advantage is that a disease can be found in early stages. This will definitely ease treatment later.
Besides, abdominal ultrasound enables to watch course of treatment and control its quality. Ultrasound may be used to prevent a disease..
When is recommended to do abdominal ultrasound?
- Chronic digestion conditions
- Suspicion of tumour
- Abdominal distention after eating
- Excessive flatulence
- Heaviness under right rib cage
- Pain under right rib cage
- Wrapping-around pain
- Bitter in the mouth
- Abdominal injuries
- Preparation for surgery
How is to get ready for screening?
Flatulence hinder examination. So do not eat products producing wind within 2 to 3 days before doing abdominal ultrasound. They include salted cabbage, peas, beans, other legumes, raw vegetables and fruit, gray bread, and juices.
Before having abdominal ultrasound you should not have any food within 8 to 12 hour before the procedure. Thus, the procedure is best to have done in the morning being hungry.
You should not have water, chewing gums and lollipops before screening. Do not smoke cigarettes since it makes your stomach shrink and may lead to incorrect diagnosis.
If you take any medicines, inform your doctor of it.