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Diagnostic Tests - Abdominal Ultrasound
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What happens when the test is performed?

  • As you lie on your back on a table, a technician or
    doctor squirts some clear jelly onto your lower
    abdomen to help the ultrasound sensor slide around
    easily and places the sensor against your skin. An
    image of your abdominal organs appears on a video
    screen, and the technician or doctor moves the sensor
    back and forth across your abdomen to see specific
    organs from different views. It’s helpful for you to
    mention any soreness during the test—for example,
    if you’re tender while the sensor pushes against a
    particular area, such as your gallbladder or appendix.

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