Ultrasound sends sound waves into the body, which are reflected back to the ultrasound machine to create an image. These images are a useful way to examine many of the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasounds are most commonly associated with babies, but they can be used for many purposes. For example, they can be used to find the source of pain in the abdomen or pelvis, to look for blood clots, and to evaluate the heart’s structure.

How do I prepare for my exam?

For all ultrasound exams other than those specifically listed below, no specific exam preparation is required. Please arrive for all ultrasound exams 15 minute prior to your appointment unless otherwise noted.

Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Do not eat for six hours prior to the exam time. Clear fluids are allowed. No milk or cream.
Abdominal and Urinary Ultrasound
  • Drink four (4) 8-ounce glasses of water, (patients under 80 lbs. and MFM patients drink only 2 glasses) completed 1 hour before your appointment. DO NOT empty your bladder until the exam is completed. If absolutely necessary, bladder may be partially emptied. (Obstetrical Patients: Please note that if you are beyond 28 weeks, you do not have to fill your bladder and we recommend you eat 1/2 hour prior to study.)
Prostate Ultrasound
  • Drink four (4) 8-ounce glasses of water, (patients under 80 lbs. drink only 2 glasses) completed 1 hour before your appointment. DO NOT empty your bladder until the exam is completed. If absolutely necessary, bladder may be partially emptied.
Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Drink four (4) 8-ounce glasses of water, (patients under 80 lbs. and MFM patients drink only 2 glasses) completed 1 hour before your appointment. DO NOT empty your bladder until the exam is completed. If absolutely necessary, bladder may be partially emptied. (Obstetrical Patients: Please note that if you are beyond 28 weeks, you do not have to fill your bladder and we recommend you eat 1/2 hour prior to study.)
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