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What to Expect During the Procedure
A gallbladder ultrasound examination is a limited version of an abdominal ultrasound examination. It provides pictures of the upper abdominal
organs such as the gallbladder, pancreas and the common bile duct. The exam will be performed by a sonographer, a technologist who is specially
trained in ultrasound. A hypo-allergenic gel will be applied to your upper abdomen and a small hand held device called a transducer will be
passed over the surface of your upper abdomen producing a sensation of light pressure on your skin. In order to obtain the best possible image,
the sonographer may ask you to take in a deep breath and hold it for a few seconds. The sonographer may also need to have you change your position
on the table, possibly rolling onto your side or even onto your stomach. These different techniques are used to enable the sonographer to obtain
the highest quality images for the radiologist to view to interpret your results.
The images will be evaluated by a radiologist skilled in interpreting ultrasounds and the results will be sent to your physician within 5 business days.
How Should I Prepare?
You should wear a loose fitting two-piece outfit to your ultrasound exam. You will be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. This helps to prevent
soiling your clothing with the ultrasound gel. Gallbladder ultrasounds require you to cease eating or drinking 8 hours prior to the exam. Many patients
find that it is easier to schedule these exams early in the morning because of this eating and drinking restriction. Although the exam can be done at
any time of the day, provided you have not had anything to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the exam.
What to Expect After the Procedure
When the exam is complete, you will be shown back to your dressing room to get dressed. A radiologist will analyze the images taken by the sonographer.
A report will be dictated and sent to your referring physician, who will share the results with you.