An ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves. Ultrasound allows doctors to make an accurate diagnosis of numerous conditions and diseases without the use of surgery or radiation.
The ultrasound procedure involves passing a device called a transducer over the skin of the area to be examined. A series of images are produced and analyzed by experienced clinicians.
Our practice uses state-of-the-art imaging systems. These provide superior image quality for medical diagnosis in the abdomen, obstetrics and gynecology, vascular and other soft tissues of the body.
Abdominal Examinations: You must go without food and drink for eight hours prior to an abdominal or aortic study. Necessary medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
Renal Ultrasound: You must empty bladder one hour prior to exam, then drink 32 ounces of noncarbonated water and must hold bladder full until the examination is complete.
Pelvic Ultrasound: You must have a full bladder before the pelvic examination can be performed. Patients should start drinking one-and-a-half hours before the time of their exam. Patients should not empty their bladder once they have started drinking. The amount of water to be consumed is based on weight:
First Trimester - Please follow preparation for pelvic exam as seen above
Second and Third Trimester - Follow above prep but reduce water to 16 ounces
Unknown dates - Please follow preparation for pelvic exam as seen above
Endovaginal Ultrasound: A transvesical pelvic ultrasound is performed prior to an endovaginal exam to evaluate the entire pelvis and adnexa. You should follow the same preparation required for a conventional pelvic ultrasound.