Ultrasound

How do I prepare for an Ultrasound?

When scheduling your appointment provide us with your email address and we will send you your personalized forms with your information already filled in. If your email address is not provided, you can still save time by downloading the Registration forms and completing them prior to arriving at the office.

Wear easy to remove clothing, as you may need to change into a gown. Wearing a comfortable sweat suit is optimal. It will keep you warm and it is easy to change out of.

The preparations for Ultrasound vary based upon the area of the body being studied. Some Ultrasounds require no special preparations.

Aortic/Abdominal

Nothing to eat drink, chew or smoke for six hours prior to your exam.

Breast/Scrotal/Thyroid

No preparation required.

Color-Flow Doppler

No preparation required.

Pelvic/Obstetrical

A full bladder is necessary for the exam. Have breakfast and/or lunch. Women must drink at least 32 oz. of water, finishing 1 hour prior to your exam. Men must drink at least 16 oz. of water, finishing 1 hour prior to your exam. Do not empty your bladder.

Prostate

Take a fleet enema at least one hour prior to the exam. Have nothing to eat or drink after the fleet enema.

Renal

Drink a 16 oz. glass of water one hour prior to study. Do not void.

Renal Arterial Study

Have nothing to eat, drink, chew or smoke for six hours prior to your exam. In addition, consult your physician before taking gas-X one hour before the exam.

Bring with you to the appointment:

  • Prescription from your doctor.
  • Current insurance card.
  • Authorization number from your insurance carrier.
  • Any forms you completed at home.
  • Credit card or cash for your insurance co-pay.
  • Any abdominal or pelvic studies that you have from another facility. We like to compare the new MRI study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.
  • Picture identification.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

What will I do when I arrive?

Present your prescription, insurance card and completed forms at the front desk. If any additional forms are required, they will be given to you at this time.

Be sure to inform the receptionist and technologist if you have any relevant studies of the same body area from another facility. We like to compare the new ultrasound study with any previous studies to assist in the diagnostic process.

What happens during an Ultrasound?

Depending on the area being studied, you may need to change into a gown.

Before beginning the exam, the ultrasound technologist will confirm that any special preparation that may have been required was followed. You will then be asked to lie down on a comfortable padded examination table.

A small amount of a water soluble gel is placed on the area being examined. This gel is harmless and can be easily wiped clean after the exam. The gel prevents any air from getting between the transducer (ultrasound probe) and your skin. This direct contact between the probe and your skin helps the transducer to deliver sound waves into your body most efficiently.

The ultrasound technologist will place the transducer gently on your skin where the gel was applied and move the probe around slowly. Changing the direction or the angle of the probe allows the sonographer to get the best possible images of the organ or tissue being examined.

Once all the images have been recorded, you can wipe off the gel and you are ready to go.

When can I expect the results?

One of our board certified radiologist interprets your fluoroscopy images, compares them to any previous studies and dictates a report which is transcribed, proofread and signed.

The report is then faxed and mailed to your referring doctor within one or two days.

Your doctor will read the report and review the findings with you.

All of your signed reports and images are available to your referring doctor on our physician web portal.