An ultrasound is a procedure that uses sound waves and computer technology to produce very precise images of your soft tissue, such as the heart, blood vessels, uterus, bladder, etc. It also reveals internal motion, such as your heart beat and blood flow. It is completely safe and painless and does not use X-rays. Ultrasound is also an excellent way to evaluate a fetus during pregnancy, and to visualize gynecological functions in non-pregnant women. An ultrasound test can range from 15 to 60 minutes depending on the type of exam ordered.
Preparing for an Ultrasound
Pelvic, Obstetrical, Urinary, Bladder Ultrasound:
- You should eat at least 30 minutes before drinking.
- Prior to drinking, empty your bladder.
- Drink 40 ounces of water, coffee, tea or juice 1 hour before the exam. Do not urinate after drinking since your bladder must be full for the examination.
Abdomen, Gallbladder, Liver, Pancreas, Spleen Ultrasound:
- Please have nothing to eat or drink after midnight. If your appointment is in the afternoon don’t eat anything six hours prior to your appointment.
- You may take medication with water.