Preparing for your Ultrasound

Exam Preparation

  • Preparation for your ultrasound will depend on the type of exam; our scheduling associate will review this with you when you schedule your appointment.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Depending on your exam you may need to remove clothing and jewelry.
  • Please bring previous imaging study results (X-ray, MRI, CT, etc.) such as reports, films or CD-ROMs if available.
  • Arrival time may vary from your appointment time, and will be conveyed to you by our scheduling associate. 

About Your Ultrasound Exam

During the exam
  • Most Ultrasounds are fast, easy, and painless.
  • You will be positioned on a cushioned table and a clear water-based gel will be applied to your skin; the gel acts as a conductor.
  • The technologist or radiologist presses a transducer, a hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound signals, firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth to image the area of interest.
  • Images instantly are captured on a television-like monitor and transferred to a radiologist to review and interpret.
  • Depending on the type of exam, it can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes.
After the exam
  • The technologist transfers the images from your exam to our radiologists, who specialize in analyzing images of the specific area of the body you had examined. For instance if you had an ultrasound of your abdomen, an abdominal imaging radiologist will review your images.
  • The radiologist will then dictate a diagnostic report which upon finalization is faxed, mailed or transmitted electronically to your physician. Your doctor will contact you with your results.