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Ultrasound Ultrasound machine

What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to view and produce images of internal organs, tissue and blood flow inside the body.  The images are created when sound waves are transmitted to the area of interest and the returning echoes are recorded.

How do I prepare for my ultrasound exam?
Below are some of the exams performed here and their required preparation.  If your exam is not listed then please contact us at 719-526-7300 for guidance.
         
Abdominal aorta
Carotid
Lower extremity venous doppler
Testicular
Thyroid
Transvaginal

No preparation required
Abdominal ultrasound
Right upper quadrant

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your exam.

Renal (kidney) ultrasound
Drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour before your exam.  DO NOT urinate.  Your bladder must be full to obtain optimal images.

Obstetrical ultrasound (complete/limited)
Pelvic ultrasound (transabdominal)
Drink 32 ounces of liquid (no soda or other carbonated beverages) 2 hours before your exam.  DO NOT urinate.  Your bladder must be full to obtain optimal images.

Breast (ultrasound guided breast procedures) No perfume, powders or deodorant on the chest or underarm area.

 

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Last Modified 08 August, 2012