Follow these instructions to ensure a smooth appointment.

Prepare for Your Appointment

  • Abdominal Ultrasound
    Please do not eat solid food or drink anything after midnight prior to your exam. Routine medications may be taken with water only. If you are diabetic, consult with your doctor.
  • Pelvic Or Transvaginal
    Unless otherwise directed, there are no special preparations necessary.
  • Vascular (Doppler)
    No special preparation is necessary.

What to Expect

The patient is positioned by the sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) on an examination table. A clear warm gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined. This helps to transmit the sound waves by excluding air and will not harm your skin or your clothes. A soft covered device called a transducer is gently moved over the skin surface by the sonographer and images are produced on a monitor.

Common Applications

Ultrasound examinations can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess organ damage following illness.

Ultrasound is used to help physicians evaluate symptoms such as:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • infection

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the:

Ultrasound is also used to:

  • guide procedures such as needle biopsies, in which needles are used to extract sample cells from an abnormal area for laboratory testing.
  • image the breasts and to guide biopsy of breast cancer (see the Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy page.
  • diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or diagnose for valvular heart disease.


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