Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to assess different structures in the body. During the procedure, an ultrasound transducer that produces these sound waves in placed on the skin. The sound waves bounce off of internal tissues or organs and an image is created by the ultrasound machine.

EXAMINATIONS & PREPARATION

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND
You must have NOTHING to eat or drink after midnight the night before your appointment.
For afternoon appointments, you are allowed to eat a light breakfast (dry toast, black tea or coffee (no milk or cream). You must have nothing to eat 6 hours before your appointment. Absolutely no meat or dairy products.

PELVIC AND/OR TRANSVAGINAL ULTRASOUND
About 90 minutes before your appointment, go to the washroom and empty your bladder.
You must FINISH drinking 32oz. (1 liter) of any clear fluids at least 60 minutes before your appointment.
Do not go to the washroom. You must have a full bladder for this test.
You may eat as usual.

ABDOMINAL AND PELVIC ULTRASOUND
You must have NOTHING to eat after midnight the night before your appointment.
About 90 minutes before your appointment, go to the washroom and empty your bladder.
You must FINISH drinking 32oz. (1 liter) of any clear fluids at least 60 minutes before your appointment.
Do not go to the washroom. You must have a full bladder for this test.
For afternoon appointments, you are allowed to eat a light breakfast (dry toast, black tea or coffee (no milk or cream). You must have nothing to eat 6 hours before your appointment. Absolutely no meat or dairy products.

OBSTETRICAL (PREGNANCY) ULTRASOUND (INCLUDES THE IPS)
About 90 minutes before your appointment, go to the washroom and empty your bladder.
You must FINISH drinking 32oz. (1 liter) of any clear fluids at least 60 minutes before your appointment.
Do not go to the washroom. You must have a full bladder for this test.
If you are in the later stages of pregnancy (22 weeks onwards), you must FINISH drinking 16oz. (500 mL) of any clear fluids at least 60 minutes before your appointment.

PROSTATE/TRANSRECTAL ULTRASOUND
You must use one (1) DULCOLAX SUPPOSITORY 2 hours before your appointment. This is an over-the-counter medication that is available at most pharmacies. It is inserted rectally. This medication should cause you to have a bowel movement, usually within 15-30 minutes. You do not need a laxative.
About 90 minutes before your appointment, go to the washroom and empty your bladder. THE SUPPOSITORY IS ONLY NECESSARY WHEN A TRANSRECTAL ULTRASOUND IS REQUESTED.
You must FINISH drinking 32oz. (1 liter) of any clear fluids at least 60 minutes before your appointment.
Do not go to the washroom. You must have a full bladder for this test.
You may eat as usual.

ANORECTAL ULTRASOUND
You must use one (1) DULCOLAX SUPPOSITORY 2 hours before your appointment. This is an over-the-counter medication that is available at most pharmacies. It is inserted rectally. This medication should cause you to have a bowel movement, usually within 15-30 minutes. You do not need a laxative.
About 90 minutes before your appointment, go to the washroom and empty your bladder.
You must FINISH drinking 32oz. (1 liter) of any clear fluids at least 60 minutes before your appointment.
Do not go to the washroom. You must have a full bladder for this test.
You may eat as usual.

VASCULAR (DOPPLER) ULTRASOUND
This ultrasound is used to examine blood flow in arteries and veins.
This includes Carotid Doppler, Arterial Doppler of the Extremities (Arms and Legs) and Venous Doppler of the Extremities (Arms and Legs).
No preparation is required for these examinations.

ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY (ECHO)
This is an ultrasound of your heart. The walls, valves of the heart and blood flow are examined.
No preparation is required for this examination.

ALL OTHER ULTRASOUNDS
Thyroid/Neck, Breast, Scrotal, Musculoskeletal, Lumps, Hernia
No preparation is required for these examinations.