What is good to know about an ultrasound test is that it is not dangerous, or painful, and the actual scan is usually less than 20 minutes. Although these tests have different names they are similar because they all require a transducer (probe) placed in gel that is placed against the body. Dependent upon which blood vessels, organ, or group of organs that the physician wishes to have evaluated will decide where the transducer is placed.
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Complete Abdomen: This test involves both blood vessels and organs. The aorta, inferior vena cava, liver & hepatics, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, and common bile duct are each measured and recorded. The patient cannot eat 8 hours prior to test.
Right upper quadrant (RUQ: In this test the pancreas, liver, gallbladder, common bile duct, and the right kidney comprise the study. The patient cannot eat 8 hours prior to test.
Pancreas, gallbladder, and common bile duct are the organs of interest. The patient cannot eat 8 hours prior to test.
Renal: Right and left kidneys are imaged. No preparation required.
Testicular: Testicles and epididymus are imaged. No preparation required.
Thyroid: Both thyroid glands are imaged. No preparation required.
Imaging of the abdominal aorta along with blood flow analysis. The patient cannot eat 8 hours prior to the test.
Pelvic: Images of the uterus and ovaries will be obtained. Commonly this test is performed both from the abdomen and transvaginal. The patient must drink 32oz of water one hour prior to the test.
Imaging of any area which feels or appears abnormal. No preparation required.
Imaging of the filled and emptied bladder. Drinking 32oz of water one hour prior to exam is required.
Blood flow analysis is the focus of this test. No preparation is required.
Evaluation of walls, chambers, valves, and the vessels which enter and leave the heart along with blood flow analysis are imaged from the front, left side, and just below the chest. 2 piece clothing is recommended.
Imaging of the carotid arteries is performed from each side of the neck along with blood flow analysis. A loose collared shirt is recommended.
The full lengths of the deep veins in either the arms or legs are imaged on this test. Blood flow analysis is also performed. No preparation required.
The full lengths of the arteries of the arms or legs are imaged on this test along with blood flow analysis. The test begins with blood pressures of both arms and at the ankles of both legs. No preparation required.