Abdominal Ultrasound

Friday, February 28, 2014

An abdominal ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce a picture of organs and other structures in the upper abdomen. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this imaging test and what its used for in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Abdominal ultrasound is a type of imaging test. It is used to examine organs in the abdomen including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. The blood vessels that lead to some of these organs can also be looked at with ultrasound.

Although an abdominal ultrasound can be done to check for a number of conditions, it can be used to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a weakened, bulging spot in your abdominal aorta, the large artery that runs through the middle of your abdomen and supplies blood to the lower half of your body.

An abdominal ultrasound can also be used to check for other diseases that affect your kidneys, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

An abdominal ultrasound to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm is recommended for men ages 65 to 75 who are current or former cigarette smokers. The test isnt specifically recommended for men who have never smoked, nor women, unless your doctor suspects you may have an aneurysm.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.