ULTRASOUND

Overview

Ultrasound scanning, also known as sonography, uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images. The ultrasound bounces the sound waves off of parts of the body and then collects the echos as images. The sound waves produce a real time visual image and no radiation is used in any part of the process. Ultrasound scanning examines the body’s internal organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, uterus/womb and small parts such as thyroid, breast and scrotum. In addition to viewing organs, ultrasound is effective in demonstrating the carotid arteries and extremity vessels for vascular disease.

Ultrasound Prep

Preparation can vary for each patient and their specific exam. Below is a brief overview, however, please be certain of the required preparation when scheduling the exam.

Abdomen: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight for morning appointments.
If afternoon appointment nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to exam.

Aorta: Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to exam.

Breast: Must bring previous mammogram. No other preparation required.

Carotid: No preparation required.

Cranial: No preparation required.

Extremity: No preparation required.

Gallbladder, Liver or Spleen (limited abdomen): Nothing to eat or drink
after midnight for morning appointments. If afternoon appointment nothing to eat or drink
8 hours prior to exam.

Pelvic OB (1st Trimester) or Non OB: Drink 32oz. of water 1 ½ hours
prior to study; be finished drinking 1 hour before exam time and hold urine.

Pelvic/Transvaginal: Drink 32oz. of water 1 ½ hours prior to
study; be finished drinking 1 hour before exam time and hold urine.

Renal: No preparation required.

Renal/Bladder: Drink some fluid prior to exam (no carbonated drinks).

Testicular / Scrotum: always includes color flow: No preparation required.

Thyroid: No preparation required.

Venous Doppler: No preparation required.

To schedule an appointment and discuss how we can help you, contact Sugar Mill Diagnostic Imaging today or call 352-628-9900.

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