How should I prepare for Ultrasound?

  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound imaging exam.
  • For some scans you may be instructed not to eat or drink for as many as 12 hours before your appointment. For others you may be asked to drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to your ultrasound exam and avoid urinating so that your bladder is full when the scan begins. 
  • The technologist guides the transducer over the body part of interest. Pressure may be uncomfortable during a pelvic ultrasound exam, especially if you are required to have a full bladder. The examination usually takes less than 30 minutes. A transvaginal pelvic ultrasound exam requires an empty bladder, with the insertion of a vaginal probe.

Who interprets the ultrasound results and how do I get them?

Our radiologist will analyze the ultrasound images and send the results to your doctor who ordered the test within 48 hours. With our new secure online web viewer, your physician can have instant access to your results!

Are there any risks associated with Ultrasound?

There are no known harmful effects on humans for standard diagnostic ultrasound.