Diagnostic Ultrasound Of The Abdomen: Call Your Doctor If Any Of The Following Occurs
An ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of structure in the body. A Doppler ultrasound is a special type of ultrasound that can show blood flow in the vessels.
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An ultrasound is used to show details of structures in the abdomen. It can show features like the size and movement of organs. An ultrasound of the abdomen is most often done to:
- Diagnose an injury or disease
- Help determine the cause of abdominal pain
- Identify gallbladder stones or kidney stones
- Assess masses in the abdomen
- Assess the cause of abnormal liver function
- Help determine why an internal organ is enlarged
- Examine the baby and uterus in pregnant women
- Evaluate changes or problems in the blood vessels
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Last reviewedJune 2013by Daus Mahnke, MD
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.