How To Prepare For an Ultrasound

Some ultrasound procedures have specific preparation instructions. You will be informed of these instructions at the time of scheduling. Abdominal ultrasounds will require overnight fasting. Pelvic ultrasounds require you to drink 32 ounces of clear fluid one hour prior to your exam and not to urinate.

What Happens During an Ultrasound

For most exams, you are normally asked to lie down on a comfortable exam table where the area to be examines is exposed with the rest of the body is covered. Your certified sonographer will apply a warm water based gel to the area being studied. The sonographer places a transducer on the body and gently moves it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. Once imaging is complete, the water based gel will be wiped off your skin.

What Happens After the Ultrasound Scan

Your doctor will receive a report from the radiologist within 24 hours.