Liver and Abdominal Ultrasound Preparation

A abdominal or liver ultrasound plays a crucial role on diagnosing many liver diseases, including a fatty liver. To get an accurate results, it’s very important to understand and know how you should prepare for a liver ultrasound.

Liver Ultrasound Preparation guidelines

  • Do not drink or eat at least 6 hours before the test.
  • On the day before the test, do not eat – fresh fruits and vegetables, fried and oily food, milk, eggs, bread.
  • What you should eat – cooked vegetables, puree, marmalade, honey, roasted bread, soup, and rice.
  • No medications are needed to be taken before the ultrasound.
  • The liver ultrasound scan is completely painless.

Here is its estimated procedure

  • Lying onto an ultrasound table.
  • A special gel will be spread upon your abdomen.
  • The tester will move a tool called “transducer” (looks like a small wand) over the gel, that will create and capture the most relevant images.
  • The tester will process and look at the images, and will enter his conclusions.

Total estimated time of the test: 20-30 minutes.

A typical scene from a Liver Ultrasound room

Liver-and-Abdominal-Ultrasound-Preparation

Learn more about liver ultrasound, and take a look at fatty liver pictures.

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  1. CRISTINA LLAR
    CRISTINA LLAR says:

    Am femaie/73 yo – 5ft2-98lbs…………..AST-71………ALT-96………..3 mos ago my AST-15/ALT-11………..first time blood test show elevated #s…………..should I worry?

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  2. BETTY DUFFY
    BETTY DUFFY says:

    I HAVE TO BE ON A CLEAR BROTH DIET FOR TESTING OF LIVER WHAT IS THE DIET AN HOW CAN I TAKE MEDS IF I ONLY CAN DRINK LIQUIDS

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  3. matt
    matt says:

    Hello, I am 6′ 5″ and 260 lbs. I have to go for a ultrasound in a couple weeks for my liver. i just turned 35 last month.
    I have really bad acid reflux and take prilosec 20mg once a day.(was twice a day) I wasn’t sure what would cause my elevated liver enzymes.

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    • BILL ALLEN
      BILL ALLEN says:

      I AM 61 YRS OLD I NEED TO HAVE A LIVER TEST I NEED TO BE ON SPECIAL DIET FOR A FEW DAYS PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I SHOULD DRINK I WAS TOLD IT SHOULD BE A CLEAR DIET HOW CAN I TAKE MY MEDS THIS IS MY FRIENDS E MAIL ADDRESS

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  4. chris2121
    chris2121 says:

    Dear Dr. Mark Bar-Gomel

    My name is Chris and I am from Greece I am 25 years old, my height is 173 cm and weight 73 (Athletic )

    I have just done my blood check up and I got this results should I worry ??

    Overall cholesterol 215 mg/dl
    LDL cholesterol 153 mg/dl
    HDL Cholesterol 46 mg/dl
    ALT 53 U/L
    AST 115 U/L
    LDH 702 U/L

    I would be very thankful for your advice

    Many thanks
    Chris

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  5. arcen
    arcen says:

    Yes i have done my liver ultra sound and the findings is this:
    The liver is normal in size with regular marginal outline and homogenous echopattern.
    The liver span measures 12.8 cm. Parenchymal echogenicity is increased. There is no focal solid or cystic mass lesion seen. Then intrahepatic biliary radicles, portal vein and its tributaries are not dilated.
    Incidentally, there are multiple strong echoes in the gall bladder lumen ranging from 0.4 to 1.1cm. The wall is of normal thickness. No pericholecystic fluid is seen.
    Impression: Fatty liver
    Cholecystolithiases without evidence of cholecystitis
    They don’t tell me, to have fasting before going ultrasound is this the right result. Please be guided…

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  6. arcen
    arcen says:

    Yes i have done my liver ultra sound and the findings is this:
    The liver is normal in size with regular marginal outline and homogenous echopattern.
    The liver span measures 12.8 cm. Parenchymal echogenicity is increased. There is no focal solid or cystic mass lesion seen. Then intrahepatic biliary radicles, portal vein and its tributaries are not dilated.
    Incidentally, there are multiple strong echoes in the gall bladder lumen ranging from 0.4 to 1.1cm. The wall is of normal thickness. No pericholecystic fluid is seen.
    Impression: Fatty liver
    Cholecystolithiases without evidence of cholecystitis
    They don’t tell me, to have fasting before going ultrasound is this the right result. Pease be guided…

    Reply
  7. Susi
    Susi says:

    Ast 77 Alt 82 Bilirubin 3.5
    Got told 2 years ago when I was in hospital that my levels were slightly high.
    These numbers I posted are from two weeks ago.
    Drink 3 nights a week.
    Age 49, weight 200, height 70 inches.

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