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Ultrasound Preparations

UltrasoundUltrasound is a very safe, non-radiation producing imaging modality. Most people know us for our images of babies, but we do far more than beautiful little babies. However, it is noteworthy to mention we provide complimentary 4D images when you have your OB sonogram with us. We image almost any part of the body including organs, vessels, and even infant heads. Ultrasound exams can take anywhere from 30 – 90 minutes. The team of sonographers at SoutheastHEALTH are seasoned professionals who are highly skilled in their field. When receiving ultrasound services with us you can feel confident in the quality of your study.

Please consider the following guidelines when preparing for an Ultrasound Exam.

  1. Limited Upper Abdomen, Complete Upper Abdomen requires:
    • The patient should not consume carbonated beverages the evening prior to the exam.
    • The patient needs to eat a FAT-FREE DIET the evening prior to the exam.
    • The patient should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
    • The patient may have 1–2 glasses of water if desired that evening.
  2. Duplex Scan of the Aorta requires:
    • The patient should not consume carbonated beverages the evening prior to the exam.
    • The patient should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to the exam.
  3. Retroperitoneal Limited or Complete (KIDNEYS) requires:
    • The patient should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to the exam.
  4. VASCULAR Doppler (CAROTID) requires:
    • The patient should refrain from drinking caffeine or stimulants on the day of the exam.
  5. Pelvis requires:
    • AM appointment: The patient needs to have completed drinking at least 48 oz. of fluid 45 minutes before the scheduled procedure and should not void.
      NOTE: The patient may eat if desired. You must have a full BLADDER by your appointment time. Any fluids the patient drinks with meals should NOT be considered part of the required amount for the exam. Fluids that you drink must be WATER, TEA, JUICE or COFFEE, NOT milk or soda.
    • PM appointment: The patient needs to have completed drinking at least 48 oz. of fluid 45 minutes before the scheduled procedure and should not void.
      NOTE: The patient may eat if desired. You MUST have a FULL BLADDER by your appointment time. Any fluids the patient drinks with meals should NOT be considered part of the required amount for the exam. Fluids that you drink must be WATER, TEA, JUICE or COFFEE, NOT milk or soda.
      • Patients with a history of Gastric Bypass: The exam should be scheduled late in the day to allow the patient to follow preps.  The patient should eat several small meals all day.  The patient should drink water all day and at least 3 hours prior to hydrate the body.  The patient can empty half of the bladder but continue to drink 1 hour before the exam and hold bladder.
  6. Obstetrical Ultrasound requires:
    • First Trimester: The patient follows the preparation for a Pelvis.
    • Second and Third Trimester: The patient follows the preparation for a Pelvis.
  7. Renal Artery for Stenosis requires:
    • The patient should not consume carbonated beverages the evening prior to exam
    • The patient may drink water until midnight, then should be NPO (nothing by mouth) after midnight.
    • The patient needs to eat a FAT-FREE DIET the evening prior to the exam.
  8. Abdomen for Pyloric Stenosis on Infants: The patient should have nothing to eat or drink 2 hours prior to the exam.
  9. Cyst Aspiration & Wire Localizations:
    • We must have images and report from previous mammograms and ultrasounds to technologist at least 3 days in advance.
    • Patient must have a driver for this exam.
    • No blood thinners or aspirin 48 hours prior to exam.
  10. Ultrasounds of the Breast, Thyroid, Scrotum, Vascular Doppler (Venous) do not require any special preparation.