Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves which are transmitted through the body to produce images of the area of interest. There is no radiation exposure from this test.
Areas of the body commonly imaged by ultrasound include the abdominal organs (liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas, and kidneys), the pelvic organs (ovaries and uterus), the thyroid gland, testicles and breasts.
Ultrasound is also used to study blood flow and look for blockages in the carotid arteries in the neck, and the venous and arterial systems of the legs.
What To Expect During An Ultrasound
- You may be asked to undress.
- Lying back on an exam table, gel is applied to your skin surface. This improves contact of the ultrasound transducer and the skin.
- Images will be obtained in the area of interest.
- All exams will last approximately 30 – 60 minutes.
- Your physician will inform you of the results in approximately 5 – 7 days.
EACH EXAM HAS AN INDIVIDUAL PREPARATION THAT WILL ENSURE THE AREAS OF INTEREST ARE ADEQUATELY IMAGED.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE PREPARATION FOR THE TYPE OF TESTING YOU ARE HAVING DONE.
- Nothing to eat or drink at least 8 hours prior to the appointment time.
- Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
- Drink 12 ounces of water 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment
- You may eat a light meal prior to your test
- You may take your medications
- Drink 40 ounces of WATER 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment time.
- DO NOT URINATE. Your bladder must be full in order to successfully complete the exam.
- You may eat, there is no need to fast.
All Other Ultrasounds
No preparation is necessary.
PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR PREPARATIONS.