Abdominal/Aorta Ultrasound

The abdominal ultrasound looks at your gallbladder, liver, spleen, and pancreas, while the aorta ultrasound only looks at the aorta. Ultrasound images are acquired by using high frequency sound waves. There is no radiation involved. The transducer emits sound waves that penetrate the body and are reflected back to produce an image on a monitor. A permanent record of the exam will be made. Videotaping or cell phone pictures are not allowed.

Preparation and procedure

DO NOT eat or drink after midnight the evening before the examination, or at least six hours prior to examination if an afternoon appointment. You may have a little water if needed to take medications. Please do not smoke or chew gum prior to the examination. For this exam you will be lying down and warm gel will be applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the air pockets between your skin and the transducer (the instrument used to capture pictures). The sonographer presses the transducer against your skin over your abdomen, moving from one area to another.

On the day of your exam

Please arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for parking and registration. Please plan to spend approximately one hour in our department. If you bring friends or family to the appointment they will be asked to wait in a waiting room during your scan. Children cannot be left unattended during your scan. Please arrange for a caregiver.


Our radiologist will study your examination and a report will be forwarded to your practitioner, from whom you may obtain the results. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact our department at at 608-342-4740.

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Your procedure will be performed at Southwest Health at 1400 Eastside Road – Platteville, WI 53818. Please use the Main Hospital Entrance and check in at the Registration Desk prior to your scheduled procedure.

If you cannot keep your appointment please contact the radiology department at 608-342-4740 so that me may accommodate another patient.

NOTE: It may take 2-3 days to obtain verification from your insurance company for exams that require prior authorization, such as CT, MRI, Nuclear Stress, Injections, etc.