Mesenteric Artery Ultrasound

A mesenteric artery ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of your mesenteric arteries, the arteries that supply oxygenated blood to your digestive organs. This test helps to detect blockages or narrowing of the arteries in the abdominal area . The most common symptom of mesenteric artery disease is abdominal pain or cramping after eating a meal.

  1. Pre-procedure Instructions
    Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to your exam. Take any morning medications with small sips of water. If you are diabetic, do not take your insulin or pills on the morning of the exam. Wear a two-piece outfit (no dresses).
  2. During the Ultrasound
    You will be required to lie on your back with your abdomen exposed. Gel will be applied to your abdomen, and an ultrasound transducer (a small, hand-held wand) will moved across your abdomen in order to obtain images of your blood vessels. You should not feel any major discomfort during a mesenteric artery ultrasound. Some slight discomfort is occasionally felt from the pressure of the transducer. A mesenteric artery ultrasound generally takes from 30-45 minutes to complete.
  3. Post Procedure
    After the ultrasound is complete, you may wipe the gel off and return to regular activities. Before you leave, you will be scheduled to receive your results from your physician.