Ultrasound Prep

How to prepare
Preparations will vary depending on the kind of exam you are having performed:

For any ultrasound please plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your appointment for patient registration.

  1. Abdominal Ultrasound
    • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight (or at least six hours prior to the exam).
    • Medications may be taken with a small amount of water
  2. Abdomen and Pelvic Ultrasound (scheduled together)
    • Nothing to eat at least six (6) hours prior to exam.
    • Drink 32 ounces of clear fluid one hour prior to your exam.
    • Please do not empty your bladder.
  3. OB (Pregnancy) or Pelvic Ultrasound
    • Drink 32 ounces of clear fluid one (1) hour prior to your exam. Please do not empty your bladder as a full bladder is necessary for the exam
  4. OB (Pregnancy) Ultrasound-2nd Trimester Only
    • Drink 24 ounces of clear fluid one (1) hour prior to your exam. Please do not empty your bladder as a full bladder is necessary for the exam.
  5. Renal (kidney) Ultrasound
    • Drink 16 ounces of clear fluid prior to your exam. A full bladder is helpful, so if possible, please refrain from emptying your bladder.

The following ultrasound exams do not require any preparation:

  • Carotid
  • Scrotum/Testicular
  • Thyroid
  • Venous Doppler (DVT)