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Uterus, Ovaries, and Fallopian Tubes

• One hour before the exam, drink 5-6 glasses (32 oz.) of water to adequately fill up and distend the urinary bladder which will serve as the acoustic window. It also pushes up the intestines.

• Do not empty your bladder before your exam.

• Protocol may include transvaginal ultrasound.

Urinary Bladder

• For both male and female patients, one hour before your exam, drink 5-6 glasses (32 oz.) of water. Prostate

• One hour before the exam, drink 5-6 glasses (32 oz) of water to fill up the urinary bladder which will serve as the acoustic window.

• For transrectal ultrasound, do a cleansing enema two hours before your exam.


 The thyroid gland is conveniently and easily accessible to ultrasound examination. Because of its superficial location at the anterior neck, it can be examined extensively and may prove to be a very good diagnostic tool when implied with nuclear scanning. There is no specific preparation for thyroid ultrasound.


This ultrasound technique is usually performed in response to concerns over blood circulation in any part of the body. It can be used to assess the risk of strokes and also to test quickly if there is any evidence of DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Should there be any evidence found, appropriate measures can be taken immediately to reduce the risk of further clotting. There is no specific preparation for Doppler ultrasound.


 • Do not eat or drink anything 4-6 hours before your exam. Oral medications can be taken with a small amount of water.

• Stop taking any aspirin or blood thinners 5-7 days prior to your appointment. If you are unsure of your medication, please consult your physician to ensure that you are not taking any medication that may be considered a blood thinner.


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Ultrasound or Ultrasonography is an imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound to visualize many internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathologic lesions. It is also used to visualize fetuses during routine and emergency prenatal care. It is generally described as a "safe test" because it does not use mutagenic ionizing radiation.

 Patient Preparation



• Do not eat or drink 8 hours before the examination.

• A mild laxative is given the night before the examination to minimize bowel gas interference in the upper abdomen.

• Take any medication with a small sip of water.

Gall bladder

• On the eve of the examination, 40 cc of Castor oil or 4 tablets of Dulcolax are given at bedtime. The purpose is to expel gases from the intestines as gas reflects and refracts sound waves.

• Ideally, fasting should be 6 hours. Water is given sparingly. Food and milk are withheld as these contract the gall bladder.


• For best results, the patient should be fasted and given a mild laxative to expel the overlying gases at the upper abdomen. However, in patients with obstinate gases, the technique of giving 3-4 glasses of water and using the stomach as the acoustic window is recommended.


• The patient should fast for 6-8 hours.

• A mild laxative is needed to remove the air at the splenic flexure.


 No specific preparation is needed for renal sonogram, but when there is excessive bowel gas, a laxative is recommended.

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