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Ultrasound uses sound waves to create real-time images with the body. The main uses are vascular, prenatal, genitourinary and abdominal imaging. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate palpable breast masses or abnormalities found on mammography.

Biopsies are often performed using ultrasound guidance. Ultrasound is safe has no known side effects.

 

Locations of Ultrasound

  • Radiology Diagnostic Center
  • Digital Medical Imaging (DMI)

Patient Preparation

US Abdomen 

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight , with the exception of medications to be taken with water only. 
  • Fasting for at least 8 hours.

US Aorta 

  • Nothing to eat or drink except medications after midnight
  • Fasting for at least 8 hours.

US Kidneys 

  • Nothing to eat or drink except medications for at least 6 hours. 
  • Drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour prior to exam. 
  • Patient must have a full bladder.

US Pelvis (uterus, ovaries, adnexa) 

  • Drink 32 ounces of fluid 1 1/2 hours prior to the exam time. 
  • Patient must have a full bladder.

US Obstetric 

  • Drink 32 ounces of fluid 1 1/2 hours prior to the exam time. 
  • Patient must have a full bladder.

US Breast, carotid, thyroid, and venous doppler 

  • No prep.

 

 

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