A whole abdomen ultrasound is a comprehensive imaging examination that encompasses both the upper and lower parts of the abdomen. It involves using ultrasound technology to create images of various organs and structures within the abdominal cavity. This type of ultrasound is more extensive than upper or lower abdomen ultrasounds alone and is often performed when a thorough evaluation of multiple organs is required. Here’s what you can generally expect during a whole abdomen ultrasound:

. Purpose:

To assess and visualize a wide range of abdominal organs and structures, including the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus (in females), prostate (in males), and other surrounding structures.

It helps in identifying abnormalities, such as tumors, cysts, stones, inflammation, or other conditions affecting the abdominal organs.

. Preparation:

Preparation instructions may vary depending on the specific organs being examined. You may be asked to fast for a certain period, especially if the examination involves the gallbladder or liver.

For pelvic organs, you may be asked to drink water before the exam to fill your bladder.

Wearing a gown for the procedure might be required.

. Procedure:

You will lie on an examination table, and a water-based gel will be applied to the skin over the entire abdomen.

A handheld transducer will be used to transmit and receive sound waves, capturing images of the abdominal organs and structures.

. After the Procedure:

After the ultrasound, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

You can usually resume normal activities immediately after the procedure.

. Interpretation of Results:

A radiologist or healthcare provider will interpret the ultrasound images and provide a comprehensive report to your referring physician.

The results will be discussed with you, and further tests or treatments may be recommended based on the findings.