| Before your Exam
The preparation for the examination is very important. It is of utmost importance to the quality of the
exam to follow the instructions for your ultrasound completely.
The following Ultrasound exams require that you do not eat or drink anything from midnight
onward until the completion of your procedure:
1. Abdomen for aortic evaluation
2. Complete abdomen
3. Gall Bladder
5. Left upper quadrant (spleen)
7. Renal evaluation
8. Right upper quadrant (common bile duct)
The following exams require forced fluids to make sure you have a full bladder at the time of
1. Pelvic with or without Transvaginal
To make sure your bladder is full:
1. You must have completed drinking at lease four (4) 8 oz glasses of water
1 HOUR PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED EXAM TIME.
2. For example: If the exam is at 10:00 a.m. ALL water must be consumed by 9:00 a.m.
3. Do not void (urinate) until the procedure has been completed. This is extremely important.
4. Your bladder must be as full as you can tolerate.
5. You may be required to reschedule your procedure if you are not adequately prepared.
The following exams require that you refrain from applying lotions, oils, or powder to the
skin because these substances can interfere with the gel that is applied during ultrasound
1. Echocardiogram (ECHO)
The following exam requires a period of fasting ONLY if you are to have an examination of
veins in your abdomen. In this case you should not ingest any food or fluids except water for
six to eight hours ahead of time.
1. Vascular Ultrasound
The following Ultrasounds DO NOT require any prep whatsoever:
Your Ultrasound should take approximately 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the type
of test ordered.
Appointment Changes and Test Results
1. If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment call the office at 882-6085. Please call at least
24 hours in advance.
2. After your scan is complete the images will be reviewed by a Radiologist who will then interpret
and dictate a report. This report will then be sent to Dr Neighbors within 24-48 hours. After she reviews the
report a nurse will call you with the results of your Ultrasound.
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