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Preparing for a liver ultrasound procedure: how to prepare, is it possible to eat before the study

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The liver is one of the most important organs of the human body, responsible not only for strengthening immunity, but also for disinfecting all circulating blood. In order for such an important structure not to undergo dangerous destructive processes that can ultimately lead to death, it is necessary to monitor its condition.

If an individual has symptoms that indicate the progressive dying off of the cells of the “internal laboratory of the body,” you should immediately visit a doctor who is likely to issue a referral for an ultrasound. It should be borne in mind that the preparation for the liver ultrasound procedure is based on several key elements, so ignoring at least one of them can cause the detection of false formations or the concealment of the emerging pathological focus.

Power adjustment as a basic requirement

Properly prepare for the upcoming study, in the first place, will help stabilize the diet, carried out 3 days before the ultrasound. If a person suffers, for example, from flatulence, then it is recommended to introduce diet into life a little earlier, for 4–7 days. What food can not eat?

Taboo applies to such harmful products as fast food, purchased bread, pastries, canned goods, pickles, confectionery, fatty and smoked dishes, alcohol, energy and coffee.

To prevent digestive organs (stomach, liver, spleen, gallbladder, pancreas) and kidneys from undergoing increased stress, you should eat more bran, low-fat soups, mucous porridges, vegetables cooked or baked without sauces, etc. The usual bread can be replaced with slices loaves without preservatives.

The consumption of non-carbonated water bought in the store can help the digestive process. You should drink about 7–9 glasses of liquid a day: 20–30 before meals and 50–70 after it. Ultrasound of the liver is carried out only on an empty stomach.

If immediately before diagnosing a person thirst overcomes, he has the right to drink about 150-250 ml of water. Carbonated drinks for such a purpose are categorically not suitable.

Body cleansing

This measure, as a rule, is required only for those who suffer from obesity or increased gas formation. Before abdominal ultrasound, if necessary, you should resort to the use of an enema or its equally effective counterpart – a plant-based laxative agent: Laminaria, Agiolax, Kafiol, Senade and Mukofalk.

Magnesium Sulphate and Slabilen in drops also have a good effect. Laxative medications are used only 18-24 hours before the ultrasound.

Cleansing enemas are allowed 2-4 hours before the session. The use of other types of drugs should be discussed with a specialist, having previously made an appointment.

How to prepare for a liver ultrasound for pregnant women?

Since the health of future mothers and their unborn babies is in a rather vulnerable position, women are not allowed to choose any type of medication, even the seemingly safe means themselves can harm two interconnected organisms.

Preparing for liver ultrasound in children

As well as adults, children need to adhere to proper nutrition for at least 1-2 days. The only difference in their preparation is the time of the last meal:

Age of child Period of abstinence from food
Up to 1 year 2-3 hours
Up to 3-4 years 4–5 hours
Older than 4 6–8 hours

In order to feel good during the ultrasound, you need to pay due attention to a good night’s sleep. In addition, a disposable tissue or dry wipes should be brought to the diagnosis, with which you can remove the conductive gel from the skin surface.

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