Relative Echogenicities of the Abdominal Organs

The most subjective aspect of an ultrasound examination is when you are evaluating the relative echogenicity of each organ.

Remember that GAIN can have a huge effect on your interpretation – if it is too high or low you can make organs “look” hyperechoic or hypoechoic.

You should evaluate the echogenicity of different organs/structures in relation to one another.

The mnemonic “Most Cats Love Sunny Places” can be used to remember the normal relative echogenicity of the abdominal organs from hypoechoic to hyperechoic:

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