Ultrasound

Locate your test below, and follow the preparation 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 8 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (kidney 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 only)

Prep: None


Test: Thyroid Biopsy (ultrasound guided)

Prep: None


Test: Thoracentesis

Prep: None


Test: Thyroid

Prep: None


Test: Venous Doppler Unilateral/Bilateral (US Extremity)

Prep: None