Ultrasound Preparation

Diagnostic Medical Sonography is a safe, painless method for examining the internal organs that avoids the use of radiation. Instead, high-frequency sound waves are generated and the echoes that result from their bouncing off the soft tissue structures can be used to measure size, to detect structural abnormalities, to determine whether a lump is solid or fluid-filled or to monitor growth of the fetus during pregnancy.

Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes for the ultrasound examination.

Most ultrasound procedures do not require advance preparation. 

The exceptions are listed below:

Abdominal Ultrasound and Abdominal Ultrasound with Doppler (Pancreas, Liver, Biliary System, Gallbladder, Common Bile Duct, Kidneys, Spleen, Abdominal Aorta)   

   * Adults: Do not eat or drink 8 hours before exam.   

   * Children: Do not eat or drink 4 hours before exam.

   * If you need to take medications, take it with small sip of water.

   * if you are diabetic, please take your insulin.

 

Early Pregnancy or Pelvic Ultrasound (Uterus, Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes)

   * Eat normally

   * One hour before your exam, drink 32 oz. of water.

   * Do not empty your bladder before your exam.

 

Bladder Ultrasound

 * For both male and female patients, one hour before your exam, drink 32 oz. of water.

 

Prostate Trans-abdominal Ultrasound

   * One hour before your exam, drink 32 oz. of water.

 

Prostate Trans-rectal Ultrasound

   * Two hours before your exam, do a cleansing with a Fleet Enema #1.

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