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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is used for examining many of the body’s internal organs including the:

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Pancreas
  • Pregnancy
  • Carotids
  • Aorta
  • Thyroid

Ultrasound is also used to:

  • Guide procedures such as needle biopsies which are used to extract sample cells from an abnormal area for further testing.
  • Examine the breasts and to guide a needle biopsy of the breast.
  • Diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or other illness.

Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate:

  • Blockages to blood flow, clots for example.
  • Narrowing of vessels, which can be caused by plaque.
  • Tumors and congenital malformation.

What to expect

  • You will be positioned lying face-up on an examination table that can be tilted or moved.
  • A clear gel will be applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make contact with the body.
  • The ultrasound technologist will then press the transducer firmly against the skin and sweep it back and forth over the area of interest.
  • If a Doppler ultrasound study is performed, you may actually hear pulse-like sounds that change in pitch as the blood flow is monitored and measured.
  • Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

How to prepare for an exam

  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Remove all jewelry

Abdominal/Pelvis Ultrasound Preparation

  • Clear liquids only
  • Drink seven 8 oz. glasses of water or juice one hour before the exam
  • Do not urinate prior to the exam

Abdomen/GallBladder/Liver/Pancreas Ultrasound Preparation

  • You should have nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the exam
  • No breakfast the morning of the exam

Pelvis Ultrasound Preparation

  • Clear liquids only
  • Drink seven 8 oz. glasses of water or juice one hour before the exam
  • Do not urinate prior to the exam

Pregnancy/Fetal Age Preparation

  • Do not urinate prior to the exam

Carotids and Venous Ultrasound and Arterial Preparation

  • This exam takes 45 minutes to 60 minutes

Renal Ultrasound Preparation

  • No preparation
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