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Abdominal Ultrasound is a procedure that produces a picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen.

Who performs the procedure?

The procedure is performed by a Sonographer with the assistance of a Radiologist.

Why is the procedure performed?

This procedure is performed to show the structures and movement of the internal organs that are found in your abdomen, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. These internal organs include your kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas spleen and abdominal aorta.

Where is this procedure performed?

University Imaging Center
University of Maryland Professional Building, Suite 110
419 West Redwood Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

University of Maryland Medical Center
Department of Diagnostic Radiology, 2nd Floor
22 South Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Is there any prep for this procedure?

Yes, there are preps for an abdominal ultrasound dependent upon the internal organ being examined.

  • For a study of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas, you may be asked to eat a fat-free meal on the evening before the test and then to avoid eating for 8 to 12 hours before the test.
  • For ultrasound of the kidneys, you will need to drink a minimum of 16 ounces of clear fluid at least one hour before appointment. Do not empty your bladder.
  • For ultrasound of the aorta, you need to avoid eating for eight to 12 hours before the test.

What can I expect before the procedure?

Once you arrive at the Imaging Center, you will have to register at the front desk. Please have your insurance information ready at this time. After registration, you will be taken to the Ultrasound department where you will be instructed to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.

What can I expect during the procedure?

You will be lying on your back while a gel is applied to the area of the body being studied. The Sonographer will then press the transducer firmly against the skin and move it back and forth over the area of interest. Several images are captured during the procedure. There may be a little discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.

How long is the procedure?

This procedure takes approximately 20 minutes.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After an ultrasound exam, you may be asked to dress and wait until the ultrasound images are reviewed. You should be able to resume your normal activities.

Are there any risks to this procedure?

There are no known risks with this procedure.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

No alternatives for this procedure are available.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call the Radiology Access Center at 410-328-3225.