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This test provides a picture of soft tissue organs. Generally it is an exam that includes the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, spleen and a limited view of the kidneys. The scan is safe and painless; there is no radiation involved.

Preparation/instructions

    When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

    Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call  our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

Instructions

    You may not have any carbonated drinks or foods containing fat at least eight hours prior to the exam. Acceptable food items include juice, water and coffee or tea without milk.

Medications can be taken prior to the exam. If you take insulin, you must consult with your physician prior to the exam.

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The procedure

The procedure usually takes approximately 45 minutes. Test times may vary due to specific physician requests.

After you are in the ultrasound examination room, you will be asked to change into a gown and provide a brief medical history. You will then be placed on a stretcher. In order to obtain quality images, we will need to place a water-based gel on your abdomen. A plastic device called a transducer will be placed over the abdominal area and moved back and fourth to obtain the images necessary to answer your physician's questions.

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After Care

    After the exam you can resume your normal activities. Results of your exams will be discussed with you by your doctor.

Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

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