An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images from the inside of your body. An ultrasound allows the doctor to see problems with organs, vessels, and tissues without needing to make an incision.Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasound uses no radiation. For this reason, it’s the preferred method for viewing a developing fetus during pregnancy. If the doctor suspects you have any one of these other conditions, an abdominal ultrasound may be required
- blood clot
- enlarged organ (such as the liver, spleen, or kidneys)
- fluid in the abdominal cavity
- kidney blockage or cancer
- kidney stone
- liver cancer
Abdominal ultrasounds may also be used to help guide your doctor during certain procedures. For instance:
- During an abdominal biopsy, your doctor may use ultrasound to see where to place the needle to remove a small sample of tissue.
- Ultrasounds may help your doctor drain fluid from a cyst or abscess.
- Your doctor may use ultrasound to examine blood flow inside your abdomen.