Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to capture images and video of the inside of the body. Abdominal ultrasounds to help your doctor see the organs and structures inside the abdomen.
Ultrasounds are safe and painless. They’re also increasingly common. More and more ultrasounds are performed in the United States every year. One study found that their numbers grew by 4 percent every year from 1996 to 2010.
Ultrasound images are captured in real time. They’re able to show the structure and movement of internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. This test is the most commonly used one to view and examine the fetus in pregnant women, but it has many other clinical uses as well.
Abdominal ultrasounds are used to check the major organs in the abdominal cavity. These organs include the gallbladder, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and spleen.