Ultrasound is a noninvasive technology of increasing importance in assessing a wide range of patient issues. These procedures use painless sound waves to penetrate through body tissues and return “echo” signals that are processed by a computer to create “pictures” similar to x-rays, but without exposing the patient to any radiation.
How do I Prepare for My Ultrasound?
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
Depending on the type of ultrasound that is ordered by your clinician you may have special instructions.
For a study of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, and pancreas, you may be asked to eat a fat-free meal on the evening before the test and then avoid eating for eight to 12 hours before the test. You will also have to drink 16 oz. of water about an hour before the test to fill your bladder.
For an ultrasound of the kidneys, you may be asked to drink 16 oz. of water about an hour before the test to fill your bladder. You may also be asked to avoid eating for eight to 12 hours before the test to avoid gas buildup in the intestines.
For an OB ultrasound you will be asked to drink 16 oz. of water about an hour before the test to fill your bladder.
What will I experience before and during my Ultrasound?
For most ultrasound exams, the patient is positioned lying face-up on an examination table that can be tilted or moved. Most examinations are painless, fast and easy.
After you are positioned on the table, the sonographer will apply some warm gel on your skin and then place the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. There is usually no discomfort the transducer although, if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer.
Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin. After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities.
WHAT ABOUT THE RESULTS?
A Radiologist, a physician with expertise in supervising and interpreting radiology examinations, will view the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT?
Be sure to contact us at (904) 819-4707 or (904) 819-4720 if, for any reason, you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule to a more convenient time.