Head & Neck Soft Tissues, Carotid Arteries, Breast, Retroperitoneum, Scrotum, Upper/Lower Extremities (Vascular & Non-Vascular), Infant Hips, Amniocentesis Guidance

PREP:

  • No prep necessary.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time to complete registration.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • You may be asked to change into a gown, depending upon the body area being examined.
  • You will lie upon a special ultrasound table.
  • A conducting gel will be spread over the body area being examined.
  • The sonographer will move a wand-like instrument (transducer) over the gel, creating images & saving the most relevant images.
  • The sonographer may check the images with a radiologist before prior to you leaving.
  • The exam is completely painless.
  • Total estimated time of procedure: varies with type of procedure but usually 30-45 minutes.

Abdomen (Complete or Limited, including Liver), Abdominal Aorta

PREP:

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before your appointment time to complete registration.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • You will change into a gown.
  • You will lie on the ultrasound table.
  • A conducting gel will be spread upon the skin of your abdomen.
  • The sonographer will move a wand-like instrument (transducer) over the gel, creating & saving the most relevant images.
  • The sonographer will check the images with a radiologist prior to your leaving.
  • The exam is completely painless.
  • Total estimated time of procedure: 30 minutes.

Limited Abdomen: Gallbladder, Common Bile Duct, Pancreas

PREP:

  • Fat-free supper the night before the exam.
  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before appointment time to complete registration.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

    • You will be asked to change into a gown.
    • You will lie on the ultrasound table.
    • A conducting gel will be spread over the skin of your abdomen.
    • The sonographer will move a wand-like instrument (transducer) over the gel, creating & saving the most relevant images.
    • The sonographer will check the images with a radiologist prior to your leaving.
    • The exam is completely painless.

 

  • Total estimated time of procedure: 30 minutes.

 


Non-OB Pelvis

PREP:

  • Drink 32 ounces of fluid within one hour prior to the exam and do not urinate.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before appointment time to complete registration.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • You will be asked to change into a gown.
  • You will lie on the ultrasound table.
  • A conducting gel will be spread on the skin of your pelvic area.
  • The sonographer will move a wand-like instrument (transducer) over the gel, creating & saving the most relevant images.
  • The sonographer will check the images with a radiologist prior to you leaving. Once the images’ quality has been assured, you will be allowed to void.
  • The exam is completely painless although you may experience some discomfort from the full bladder.
  • Total estimated time of procedure: 30 minutes.

OB Pelvis

PREP:

  • If you are in your first 35 weeks of pregnancy: drink 32 ounces of fluid one hour prior to the exam and do not urinate.
  • If you are 35+ weeks pregnant: drink 24 ounces of fluid one hour prior to the exam and do not urinate.
  • Arrive 20 minutes before appointment time to complete registration.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • You spouse or other family members will be allowed to be present during the procedure, with your permission.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown.
  • You will lie on an ultrasound table.
  • A conducting gel will be spread on the skin of your pelvic area.
  • The sonographer will move a wand-like instrument (transducer) over the gel, creating & saving the most relevant images.