HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN ULTRASOUND
Some ultrasound procedures have specific preparation instructions. You will be informed of these instructions at the time of scheduling. For example, fasting overnight is necessary for abdominal ultrasounds. If you are scheduled for a pelvic or obstetrical exam, you will be instructed to drink 32 ounces of clear fluid one hour prior to your exam and not to urinate. While slightly uncomfortable, a full bladder helps to enhance the ultrasound image of the pelvic organs.
What to expect: During the Exam
You will lie on an examination table next to the ultrasound machine. A special, warmed, water-based gel will be applied to the area of your body to be examined. The ultrasound technologist will use a transducer (probe) and slowly guide it across your skin in the area to be examined. For some studies, images will also be taken with you sitting or standing. Most exams are fairly quick, taking anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes.
What to Expect: After the Exam
A Board Certified Radiologist will interpret your results and provide a formal report to your healthcare provider within 24 hours. Feel free to contact our facility or check with your healthcare provider for additional information.
Tips for an Excellent Ultrasound
- Relax. Having an ultrasound exam is easy, quick and interactive!
- Ultrasounds can be done on any age patient, on almost any body part. Some studies require a prep before we see you – make sure to ask for specific instructions at the time of scheduling.
- Wear comfortable clothing.
- Ultrasound uses no ionizing radiation and requires no injections. Easy and amazing – that’s what we call it!