Ultrasound (Sonography)

Ultrasound uses soundwaves to create images of internal structures. The test is often done by moving the transducer over the area of interest. This test involves no radiation and is painless.

Type of procedure and preparation before exam:

Pelvic or OB – Female patients should drink four 8 oz. glasses of water one hour prior to the examination and should not urinate. The bladder must be full for the exam.

Abdomen – Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your exam.

Gallbladder or Pancreas – The day before the exam, eat a “fat-free” dinner (lean meat, fresh vegetables, toast or bread with jelly and coffee or teas. No eggs, butter, fried or fatty foods). On the day of the exam, do not eat or drink anything until after the exam. Diabetic patients and others with special health considerations should call for instructions.

Length of procedure:

30-60 minutes

Post-exam instructions:

You can resume normal activities right away as long as your physician has not instructed you differently.

Results turn-around time:

A radiologist will interpret your exam and transcribed report will be available to the ordering physician within 24 hours.

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