How is an abdominal ultrasound performed?

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During an abdominal ultrasound, the patient lies on a bed with the abdomen exposed. The sonographer spreads a gel on the abdomen to help an instrument called a transducer slide smoothly across the skin and to help transmit the sound waves into the abdomen without air interference. The transducer is a hand-held instrument that sends the sound waves into the body to create the images. The test is completely painless for the patient and lasts about 20 minutes.

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