Stomach Pain

Kelly Ultrasound Center

Ultrasound Clinic located in Greenville, SC

Abdominal ultrasounds are an essential tool for diagnosing stomach pain. Kelly Ultrasound Center in Greenville, South Carolina, offers a range of abdominal ultrasound options to help you get the answers needed to direct the course of your care. Scheduling a visit at Kelly Ultrasound Center is as simple as a phone call or requesting an appointment online, so don’t delay.

Stomach Pain Q & A

How can an ultrasound help diagnose the cause of stomach pain?

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves and their echoes to create pictures of your internal organs and tissues. This approach is an excellent tool for diagnosing stomach pain, which can arise from numerous structural or functional problems. 

Some of the issues an abdominal ultrasound can diagnose include:

  • Kidney infection
  • Source of fever
  • Ascites
  • Cause of nausea and/or vomiting
  • Tumors or other signs of cancer
  • Swelling in abdominal organs
  • Gallstones and kidney stones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Portal/hepatic vein thrombosis
  • Portal hypertension

These ultrasounds can also evaluate the success of organ transplants and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts (TIPS). 

This safe and painless procedure takes under an hour and does not require exposure to radiation. A board-certified physician at Kelly Ultrasound Center evaluates the real-time imaging it produces, and your doctor receives results in as little as 1-2 business days. 

What types of abdominal ultrasound are available?

There are several options to choose from at Kelly Ultrasound Center, and your doctor explains which approach is best suited for your needs. 

Abdominal complete ultrasound

This ultrasound examines your liver, pancreas, bile ducts, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, and inferior vena cava, or IVC, and aorta. 

Abdominal limited ultrasound

This ultrasound examines your liver, pancreas, gallbladder, right kidney, and bile ducts. 

Abdominal ultrasound with Doppler

This ultrasound technique examines the flow of blood through your hepatic artery, hepatic veins, portal veins, abdominal aorta, and splenic vein. 

Each of these ultrasounds takes less than 40 minutes from start to finish.

What should I do to prepare for an abdominal ultrasound?

To get an accurate image of your abdominal structures, it’s important to refrain from eating or drinking anything for a period of six hours prior to your exam. That includes drinking water or consuming ice chips. 

You should also take an antacid 30 minutes prior to your ultrasound. In certain cases, these instructions may be modified, so be sure to discuss your preparation steps with your practitioner prior to the day before your appointment. 

When you arrive at Kelly Ultrasound Center, you change into a loose-fitting gown. Any jewelry or clothing near your abdomen must be removed to avoid interfering with the handheld transducer. 

You recline on the exam table as a clear gel is applied to your abdomen to help the transducer glide across the surface of your skin. There is no discomfort associated with abdominal ultrasound, but if you’re already experiencing abdominal tenderness, you may feel some minor pain as the transducer moves across that area. 

To learn more about abdominal ultrasound and how these tools are used to diagnose stomach pain, call Kelly Ultrasound Center or request an appointment online today.