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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is often the first-line diagnostic tool, a starting point to problem solve your condition.

It's non-invasive, portable and involves minimal discomfort. There is no exposure to harmful radiation.

EvergreenHealth's nine ultrasound machines offer unlimited scanning angles and dedicated views of the organ systems for the following procedures:

  • Abdominal
  • Gynecological
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast imaging
  • Heart imaging
  • Vascular imaging
  • Testicular
  • Thyroid
  • Pediatrics
  • Musculoskeletal

Ultrasound is frequently use in the emergency department to diagnose appendicitis, gallstones, DVTs, ectopic pregnancies and other conditions.

Diagnostic ultrasound

By using top-of-the-line, high-resolution ultrasound machines, the muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and joints can be precisely identified and abnormal structures can be accurately diagnosed.

As our physicians are the technicians performing the procedure in our clinic, you get the results of the study immediately. Oftentimes, same day recommendations are offered and treatments can be performed.

How to prepare for your ultrasound

Click on the test to get instructions.

Test: Abdomen (complete)

Prep: Adults: Nothing by Mouth: including smoking or chewing gum for 8 hours prior to exam. Patients may drink a little water if they are thirsty, but nothing for one hour before the exam. Patients should take their medications.

Children: (Infant to 6 years old): nothing to eat or drink 2 hours prior to exam. Babies who are being examined for pyloric stenosis do not need any preparation. Parent should have a bottle ready to feed the infant during the examination.

Test: Abdomen (limited)

Prep: None (If attention to gallbladder, nothing by mouth for eight hours)

Test: Abdomen/Pelvic Organ Doppler

Prep: Nothing by mouth for 8 hours prior to the exam. May have small amount of water if thirsty. Diabetic patients can drink fruit juice to maintain their blood sugar, up until 1 hour before exam.

Test: Amniocentesis

Prep: None

Test: Arterial Doppler of Any Extremity (unilateral or bilateral)

Prep: None

Test: Carotid Doppler Bilateral

Prep: None

Test: Chest

Prep: None.

Test: Cranial Echoencephalography

Prep: None

Test: Hips (infant)

Prep: None.

Test: Lymph Node Biopsy

Prep: None

Test: Neck

Prep: None

Test: Paracentesis

Prep: None

Test: Pelvic (complete)

Prep: Ages 12 years and older: the patient needs to finish drinking 32 ounces of water 45 minutes before exam. Patient can not void until the sonographer has finished the bladder films.

Prep: Ages 8-12 years: the patient needs to empty the bladder first, then finish drinking 16 ounces of water 1 hour before exam. Patient can not void till the sonographer has finished the bladder films.

Prep: Ages 0-8 years: none

Test: Pelvic (limited apply only or groin for inguinal hernia)

Prep: None

Test: Pelvic OB (pregnancy/obstetrical)

Prep: Patient needs to empty their bladder, then finish drinking 16-24 ounces of water 1 hour before exam. Patient can not void till the sonographer has finished the bladder films.

Test: Renal

Prep: Ages 12 years and older: the patient needs to empty their bladder, then finish drinking 32 ounces of water 45 minutes before exam. Patient can not void till the sonographer has finished the bladder films.

Prep: Ages 8-12 years: the patient needs to empty their bladder, then finish drinking 8 ounces of water 30 minutes before exam. Patient can not void till the sonographer has finished the bladder films.

Prep: Ages 0-8 years: none

Test: Renal Artery Doppler

Prep: Nothing by mouth for 8 hours prior to exam. May have small amount of water if thirsty. Patients should take their medications. Diabetic patients can drink fruit juice to maintain their blood sugar, up until 1 hour before exam. Drink lots of water the day before the exam.

Test: Renal Biopsy (ultrasound-guided)

Prep: Nothing by mouth for 8 hours before the exam. Patient should take their medications in the morning with clear liquids, then nothing by mouth.

Test: Scrotum

Prep: None

Test: Spinal (infant)

Prep: None

Test: Thyroid

Prep: None

Test: Thyroid Biopsy (ultrasound-guided)

Prep: None

Test: Thoracentesis

Prep: None

Test: Venous Doppler Unilateral/Bilateral 

Prep: None

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