Ultrasound Services

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is an exam that uses sound waves. There is no radiation involved during an ultrasound scan. The sonographer performs the exam placing a water based acoustic gel on the area to be scanned. A hand held instrument (transducer) is passed over the area of the body, which is being scanned. The sonographer will explain the exam in more detail before and during the exam.

There may be patient preparations depending on the type of ultrasound. These preparations will be given to the patient when the exam is scheduled. Scans can last anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.

Preparation

Abdominal

Day prior to the examination:

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight.
  • Please, NO chewing gum.

Day of examination:

  • Do not eat or drink anything –not even water – until after your examination is completed.

Aorta

Day of the examination:

  • No fatty foods and dairy products.
  • No carbonated beverages.
  • No chewing gum.

Extremities for DVT

No preparation required.

Kidneys

No preparation required.

Pelvis - An examination of the uterus, ovaries and bladder

Day of examination:

  • Drink plenty of noncarbonated liquids.
  • One hour before the scheduled appointment, drink four 8 oz. glasses of water.
  • DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER - The bladder must be full in order to do the examination. You will be able to empty your bladder when the examination is completed.

Superficial Mass

No preparation required.

Testicles

No preparation required.

Thyroid

No preparation required.

Transvaginal

No preparation required.