An abdominal ultrasound uses reflected sound waves to produce a
picture of the organs and other structures in the upper abdomen. Sometimes a
special ultrasound is done for a closer look at a specific organ, such as a
An ultrasound does not use X-rays or other
types of radiation. During an abdominal ultrasound, a small handheld unit
called a transducer is gently moved over the belly. A computer converts the
reflected sound waves into a picture shown on a TV screen.
abdominal ultrasound may help find problems of the liver, gallbladder, spleen,
pancreas, abdominal aorta, and kidneys.