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Ultrasound

ULTRASOUND PREPARATIONS

The type of preparation needed for your ultrasound depends on the type of Ultrasound your doctor has ordered. If you are unsure of what type of ultrasound you are having please contact the Radiology Department in advance of your test date. Failure to properly prep for your exam may result in delay or cancellation of your procedure.

  1. Ultrasounds of the abdomen, gall bladder or liver: Fast (nothing to eat or drink) after midnight. Infants and children 5 and under do not need to fast.
  2. Ultrasound of the kidney: Finish drinking 32-36 ounces of fluid 1 hour prior to appointment time. Under 15 years of age drink 12-16 ounces of fluid 1 hour prior to appointment time. DO NOT VOID.
  3. Ultrasound of the pelvis: This requires a FULL bladder. Finish drinking 36 ounces or more of any type of liquid 1 hour prior to appointment time.
  4. Ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis together: If scheduled for AM-fast after midnight. If scheduled for PM-light nonfat breakfast only. This exam requires a FULL bladder, drink 36 ounces or more of water 1 hour prior to appointment time. DO NOT VOID.
  5. Ultrasound for prenatal (Obstetric) patients Patients 25 weeks and under require a FULL bladder. Finish drinking 36 ounces or more of any type of liquid 1 hour prior to appointment time.
  6. Ultrasounds of the breast, carotid or thyroid require no preparation.