An ultrasound may require you to remove articles of clothing and you may be asked to put on a paper gown. Some jewelry articles may interfere with the test and may have to be removed. Loose clothing is required for most ultrasound types.
Before The Test
You will be asked into the room after changing into a gown or removing clothing from the area being examined. You may be asked to take up a certain position and stay in that position for the most of the test.
Pelvic Ultrasound: Drink 34 oz or 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the appointment.
Do not go to the washroom.
Abdominal-Renal: No eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum 8 hours prior to the appointment.
Abdominal/Pelvis Ultrasound: No eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum 8 hours prior to the appointment. Drink 34 oz or 1 litre of water 1 hour prior to the appointment. Do not go to the washroom.
Transrectal Ultrasound: A Fleet Enema or Glycerin Suppository 2 hours before exam. Drink 20oz of water 1 prior to exam.
Vascular Ultrasound: No preparation required.
During The Test
A technician would place a lubricating gel onto the area being examined to ensure a device called a transducer makes contact with your skin. For some ultrasound tests (transvaginal and transrectal), the probe is inserted into a natural opening in the body. Most other ultrasound tests are done on the skin surface.
After The Test
You can remove the ultrasound gel with relative ease and no traces. You may go about your daily activities immediately after the test unless otherwise advised by our staff. The reports will be produced by the reading physician and shared with your referring doctor. You may discuss these results with your doctor at a follow-up appointment.
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