Before Ultrasounds

No preparation is needed for the following exams:

  • Breast
  • Carotid
  • Soft Tissue
  • Testicular
  • Thyroid
  • Venous Doppler

Preparation is needed for the following:

Abdomen / Gallbladder / Liver

No Food or Drink (NPO) after midnight, or at least 8 hours prior to exam. For STAT requests or emergency add-on patients – no food or drink for a minimum of 6 hours prior to exam.

Pelvic

Drink 36 ounces of water 45 minutes to an hour prior to exam to fill the bladder.
Please avoid emptying the bladder before the exam.

Renal

Drink 24 to 36 ounces of water 45 minutes prior to exam to fill the bladder.

Obstetric/First trimester pregnancy

Drink 36 ounces of water 45 minutes to an hour prior to exam to fill the bladder.
Please avoid emptying the bladder before the exam.

Please download and fill out the following form before your ultrasound appointment: Ultrasound History and Screening Form