Ultrasound examination of the abdomen (abdomen sonography)

What is an abdomen sonography?

An abdomen sonography is an ultrasound examination of the abdomen. This enables the assessment of the abdominal vessels and the organs of the upper and lower abdomen (liver, gall bladder, bile duct, spleen, pancreas, prostate, bladder and external genitalia). With the additional use of duplex sonography, the kidneys and the kidney arteries can also be imaged. This is important since a kidney artery constriction (stenosis) can cause high blood pressure (arterial hypertension).

Procedure

The patient usually lies on his back for this ultrasound examination. The doctor applies a gel to the abdomen, so that the sound waves can penetrate better into the abdominal cavity.

The ultrasound examination is carried out at our clinic on an out-patient basis.

Duration

The examination usually takes 5 to 15 minutes.

Risks

Since ultrasound waves are used in abdomen sonography, this examination involves no risks for the patient.

Note

The patient should not eat or drink anything for several hours before the examination. Patients should also not eat any flatulent foods or drink fizzy drinks on the day before the examination. No gastroscopy should be carried out prior to this examination.