Compared to other radiology procedures and exams, ultrasound requires little patient preparation. The preparation is dependent upon the type of exam.
No food 8 hours before the exam. Drink at least 32 oz. of water one hour prior to exam and do not urinate before exam.
Upper Abdominal (Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen, Pancreas, Aorta, Aorta-Iliac Arterial, Kidneys)
Nothing by mouth for 8 hours prior to the exam. All medications may be taken with water. Diabetic patients may take small amounts of orange juice.
Pelvic Ultrasound Complete/Obstetrical
A full bladder is needed for the exam, or you may be required to reschedule. Begin drinking 32 ounces of water one hours prior to exam time, and finish 30 minutes prior to exam. Do not empty bladder.
Prior mammograms are needed. No preparation is required.
Carotid Duplex/Echocardiogram/Thyroid/Scrotal/Peripheral Vascular (Venous)/Endovaginal Pelvic Only
No preparation is needed.