What happens during a gallbladder ultrasound?


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During a gallbladder ultrasound, hypo-allergenic gel is applied to the upper abdomen and a hand-held device is passed across the area. It is performed by a sonographer and examines the upper abdominal organs including the gallbladder, bile duct and pancreas. A gallbladder ultrasound requires the patient to fast for 8 hours before the exam, so picking an early appointment may make it easier.

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What happens during a gallbladder ultrasound?
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The gallbladder stores bile, produced by the liver. Common problems with the gallbladder include inflammation or gallstones, which generally form from the bile being saturated with cholesterol or bilirubin. The removal of a gallbladder, a cholecystectomy, may be performed if the patient suffers from recurrent gallstones.

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