Tests & Procedures

At Minnesota Gastroenterology, we know that patients and families want to know as much as possible about the test and/or procedure that is being recommended by a healthcare provider.  Refer to the list below to find the information that is most helpful to you.  If you still have questions, please contact us through our website Quick Links or call (612) 871-1145 to make an office appointment.




  • If you have a morning exam: The night before your exam, do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
  • If you have an afternoon exam: Do not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to your exam.
  • If you are a pediatric patient: Do not eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to your exam.
  • You may take your usual morning medications with 4 oz. of water at least 2 hours prior to your procedure.
  • If you have diabetes, ask your regular doctor for diet and medication restrictions.
  • You may drive yourself home after the exam.

Please bring the following to your appointment:

  • Insurance Card / Photo ID / Insurance Referrals (If applicable) Co-pays are required on the day of your appointment.
  • List of Current Medications

Cancel or reschedule your appointment:
If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call 612-871-1145 as soon as possible.

What is an abdominal ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an examination using high-frequency sound waves to create images. An abdominal ultrasound studies the organs in your abdomen (liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, spleen and aorta). Ultrasound does not involve radiation. A licensed sonographer (a technologist specially trained in the field of ultrasound) will perform your exam. Your exam and films will be monitored and interpreted by a radiologist.

What are the possible complications of abdominal ultrasound?
For standard diagnostic ultrasound, there are no known risks or complications.

What should I expect during an abdominal ultrasound?
After you enter the examination room, the sonographer technician will ask you some brief questions concerning your medical history and current symptoms. For an abdominal ultrasound, you will not be asked to undress, but will need to uncover your abdomen. You will be asked to lie on your back on the examination table. Ultrasound examinations last 30-45 minutes, but this may vary depending on the type of exam.

What should I expect after an abdominal ultrasound?
A Board Certified Radiologist (a physician who specializes in interpreting diagnostic images) will study the images from your examination and send a report to your physician. Your physician will review your exam and send you the results by mail no later than 7 – 10 business days.

Results from any testing will be sent via mail or sent to the Patient Portal