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Abdominal ultrasound imaging, in children, is performed to evaluate the:

  • kidneys
  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • pancreas
  • spleen
  • abdominal aorta and other blood vessels of the abdomen
  • Pylorus of stomach
  • Small bowel
  • Bladder
  • Testes in boys
  • Uterus and ovaries in girls

 

The procedure

Your child will lie on his or her back on an examining table. The radiologist or sonographer will spread warm gel on the skin, then press and move the transducer firmly against the abdomen, moving it back and forth until the desired images are captured. There may be minimal discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.

 

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