Although ultrasounds are most commonly used to detect pregnancy, they may also be used to display pictures of the abdomen. A gallbladder ultrasound is a noninvasive, typically painless diagnostic used to diagnose gallbladder diseases. Unlike X-ray, ultrasound does not use radiation.
The gallbladder is located on the right side of the abdomen, beneath the liver. Bile, a digestive enzyme produced by the liver, is kept in this pear-shaped organ and utilized to break down fat.
Gallbladder ultrasounds can be used to diagnose a wide range of conditions. Gastroenterologists may advise the procedure to screen for gallstones, which are hardened bile deposits that can cause nausea, stomach discomfort, back pain, and shoulder pain.
Cholecystitis, a disorder in which the gallbladder becomes inflamed or infected, may necessitate a gallbladder ultrasound as well. This is typically caused by gallstones obstructing a tube that transfers bile from the gallbladder.
Other problems for which a gallbladder ultrasound is performed include pancreatic cancer gallbladder polyps, empyema, and gallbladder made of ceramic upper right abdomen discomfort of unknown origin due to gallbladder perforation.
Gastroenterologists utilize the Wireless Color Doppler Convex Ultrasound Scanner CC-3.1 to diagnose gallbladder disease. A gel will be applied to the abdomen to prevent air from collecting between the transducer and the skin. The CC-3.1 broadcasts and receives sound waves that offer information on the shapes and sizes of the organs. The doctor will move the transducer back and forth over the abdomen until the pictures are captured and available for analysis. Because of the non-invasive ultrasonography, the operation usually takes less than 30 minutes and is painless for the patients.
Reference: Gallbladder Imaging
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