Pelvic & Abdomen Information
Sometimes it is difficult to determine where the source of pain is coming from and your physician may order a complete survey of your upper and lower abdomen. In Ultrasound, the upper belly is called an “Abdominal “or Abdomen ultrasound. The lower belly is called a “Pelvic” ultrasound.
The Abdomen ultrasound evaluates the anatomy from your sternum to your umbilicus or “belly button”. Some of the organs that lie in this area that the sonographer will evaluate are: Liver, Gallbladder, Kidneys, Spleen and Pancreas.
The Pelvic ultrasound concentrates on the anatomy below the umbilicus “belly button”. In females, a pelvic ultrasound will evaluate the uterus, ovaries and surrounding anatomy. In males, a pelvic ultrasound is fairly limited but may be performed to rule out a lower belly mass or tumor. The prostate is located in the lower part of the abdomen, in the pelvic region; however the prostate is evaluated in a separate exam specifically designed for the prostate. On a pelvic ultrasound for a male, the prostate will not be evaluated.
Both your abdomen ultrasound and pelvic ultrasound will be scheduled the same day, back to back appointments. Typically we schedule your pelvic ultrasound first since you need a full bladder. We then ask you to empty your bladder so you can be comfortable and we proceed with abdominal ultrasound.
Because your physician has requested a combination ultrasound of both your upper belly and lower belly, it is important that you prep properly so both tests can be performed together. Please reference the exam prep information to the right of this exam information.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not drink anything except water to fill your bladder. You will need to be “fasting” for the abdominal portion (which means NO food or liquid (water is OK) Please arrive for your combination appointment with your bladder FULL, having had NOTHING to eat or drink besides water)
This type of Diagnostic ultrasound requires a physician or provider order prior to performing exam.
Pelvic & Abdomen Ultrasound Prep
If your doctor has ordered a Pelvic Ultrasound AND an Abdomen Ultrasound, you will be getting a complete evaluation of both your upper and lower abdomen.
Each of these two tests has their own specific prep and so it is important to properly prepare for this combination test.
You will need to arrive with a full bladder for the Pelvic portion of your Ultrasound exam. We require a 32 ounce fluid prep (WATER ONLY) that needs to be finished (1) one hour prior to your exam.
An Abdominal ultrasound requires fasting; a minimum 8 hour fast prior to your exam time. No food and No liquids, except water.
Both your Pelvic ultrasound and Abdomen ultrasound will be scheduled back-to-back and so you will not have a gap of time between exams.
For example: You have a Pelvic Ultrasound at 8:00 am and an Abdomen Ultrasound scheduled for 8:30 am. You will need to fast from midnight on until your exam time. Unfortunately this means no breakfast, no coffee, no juice etc. However, your pelvic ultrasound requires a FULL bladder and so you will need to drink WATER ONLY to prepare for the exam. Have your fluids finished by 7:00 am. When you arrive for your appointments, we will scan you pelvic first. Then your abdomen ultrasound will follow.
We try our best to schedule all patients needing an Abdomen ultrasound first thing in the morning so you don’t have to fast during the day. However we can accommodate afternoon patients that need this combination test.
All of the images from your ultrasound will then be sent to a Radiologist (interpreting physician) for a report to be generated for your referring physician. You will receive the results of your Ultrasound from your referring physician or the provider who ordered this ultrasound to be performed. Please refer back to the physician's office who sent you to obtain results of your ultrasound exams.