Unlike x-rays and other forms of radiation imaging, ultrasound produces images of the body through high frequency sound waves. Because it’s safe and non-invasive, it’s the preferred method for looking at the development of a fetus. The recent advances in the quality of ultrasound imaging, however, has made it a common practice in nearly all branches of medicine. The sonographer, who performs the ultrasound, works in conjunction with other physicians and experts to analyze the ultrasound results and determine a diagnosis.
Preparing for Ultrasound
- We request that you arrive 15-30 minutes prior to your scheduled procedure time to complete paperwork and to change clothes if necessary.
- We recommend that you wear comfortable, washable clothing. You may be given a clinic gown and asked to undress from the waist up or waist down.
- Please bring the written prescription your physician gave you for this procedure.
- Always follow the instructions given when your appointment is scheduled. For abdominal or gallbladder ultrasound, do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your procedure.
- For a pelvic or first trimester obstetrical ultrasound, a full bladder is needed to conduct the procedure. Thus, you will be instructed by scheduling personnel to consume approximately 32 ounces of water an hour prior to your appointment time. Typically for all other ultrasound examinations, no special preparations are necessary.
- We strongly encourage you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have prior to your procedure. We strongly believe that communication with our patients is an important part of the service we provide.
If you have questions, please call the Wellmont Nurse Connection at 1-877-230-NURSE.