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Old 09-15-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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Gallbladder ultrasound question

Hi everyone,

I recently had a gallbladder ultrasound and was asked to lie on my side and hold my breath. Is this routine? If so what is the tech looking at.

I'm getting my results soon and I'm really nervous.

Thanks for any info.


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Old 09-15-2008, 01:03 PM   #2
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Re: Gallbladder ultrasound question

i seem to remember that i had to do the same when i was scanned for gallstones, though i haven't a clue why. good luck with the results

Old 09-15-2008, 01:35 PM   #3
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Re: Gallbladder ultrasound question

Yes, I had to do that as well for my abdominal ultrasound. I also had to do it several times (holding my breath) during an echocardiogram.

I too get very nervous about test results, so I feel for you.

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:40 PM   #4
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Re: Gallbladder ultrasound question

Hi Chantal,

Depending on why your doctor ordered the test, an abdominal ultrasound, such as a gallbladder ultrasound, can be used to look for abnormalities anywhere in the abdomen. Most likely the doctor ordered the ultrasound because he suspected gallstones.
Some other reasons your doctor may have ordered your abdominal ultrasound:

Abdominal pain.
Unexplained weight loss.
Your doctor felt a lump or mass.
Abnormal laboratory test result.

Common diseases the radiologist/sonologist might discover:

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (ballooning of aorta).
Dilated bile ducts.
Enlarged pancreas or pancreatitis.
Tumor or mass in liver.
Enlarged spleen or liver.

As to why you change positions and hold your breath, it allows the Sonographer to obtain the best quality pictures.

Btw, I had one and yes that is routine. I didn't think they would find anything but the results did show I had stones and some "sludge" in my GB. It was a surprise to me but my doctor figured it all along when I described my symptoms.

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