Preparations – Abdomen Ultrasound

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your abdominal ultrasound exam performed by SMIL. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined, and you may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

Preparations depend on the type of ultrasound you are having.

  • For a study of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas, you may be asked to eat a fat-free meal on the evening before the test and then to avoid eating for eight to 12 hours before the test.
  • For ultrasound of the kidneys, you may be asked to drink four to six glasses of liquid about an hour before the test to fill your bladder.
  • For ultrasound of the aorta, you may need to avoid eating for eight to 12 hours before the test.

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