An ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to create an image of tissue inside of your body. The sound waves bounce off the structures in the body which allows the ultrasound machine to display what is happening beneath the surface.
Ultrasound is a safe procedure that can be used even when pregnant since there is no radiation involved in the process. In addition to monitoring the development of a fetus, it can be used to detect abnormalities in all of the major organs.
Preparing For Your Exam
Before your ultrasound, a staff member from our office will contact you to let you know what you need to do to prepare for your ultrasound scan.
In addition to our general preparation instructions, you may be asked not to eat anything for several hours before the ultrasound if it interferes with the scan. You may also be asked to come with a full bladder. In many instances, you will be asked to change into a gown once you arrive.
If you are having a limited or complete ultrasound of the abdomen or gallbladder, a doppler exam, including renal doppler, or an aorta exam, please fast for 8 hours before your exam. You may have water and take your regular medications.
If you are having an ultrasound of the complete pelvis, bladder, or a pregnancy exam and are less than 14 weeks pregnant, please urinate and then drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to your exam.
During Your Exam
A technologist will help position you on the table and will apply gel to the area being scanned. A probe will be placed against the skin as several images are captured. You may be asked to hold your breath or change position during the ultrasound.
After Your Exam
Once the procedure is complete, a radiologist will review the images to confirm that they are usable before you leave. Your doctor will review your results at the time of your next appointment. You will not receive the results at the time of the test.