The thickness of the
gallbladder wall is normal. The size of the bile ducts is normal. No
gallstones are seen.
kidney stones are seen. The system that drains the kidneys is not blocked.
An organ looks abnormal. It may be smaller than normal. A growth may press against it or may be seen in an organ. Or fluid may be seen in the belly cavity. These things may be due to inflammation, infection, or other diseases.
The aorta is enlarged or an aneurysm is
The liver looks abnormal. This may
point to liver disease (such as
cirrhosis or cancer).
The walls of the gallbladder are
thickened, or fluid is found around the gallbladder. These may point to
inflammation. The bile ducts may be enlarged. Or gallstones may be seen.
The kidneys or the ureters are enlarged because urine does not drain as it should. Kidney stones are seen. (But not all stones
can be seen with ultrasound.)
An area of infection or a fluid-filled
cyst is seen inside an
organ. Or the spleen may be ruptured.
What Affects the Test
You may not be able to
have the test, or the results may not be helpful, if:
Stool, air (or other gas), or
contrast material (such as barium) is in the stomach or
You cannot stay still during the
You are extremely overweight.
You have an open or bandaged wound
in the area being viewed.