Abdominal ultrasound - What is an abdominal ultrasound?

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"Scanning" an abdomen

In the past if we wanted to see the structure of organs in the abdomen we had to perform an exploratory surgery. Ultrasound provides a less invasive way to try and get similiar information.

Many people are familiar with ultrasounds from pregnancy scans. The machine uses sound at high frequency to generate a picture of the structures within the abdomen. Organs such as kidneys, liver, spleen, bladder, gut, some glands and lymphatic system can all be investigated.

Ultrasound shows us the structure of these organs.