Ultrasound Prep

Ultrasound Preparation

How to Prepare for Your Ultrasound Exam

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 your exam).
  2. Abdominal and pelvic ultrasound (scheduled together)
    • Nothing to eat at least six (6) hours prior to your exam.
    • Drink 32 ounces of fluid one hour prior to your exam. Please do not empty your bladder.
  3. Pelvic ultrasound
    • Drink 32 ounces of fluid one (1) hour prior to your exam. Please do not empty your bladder as a full bladder is necessary for your exam.
  4. Hysterosonogram
    • Drink 32 ounces of fluid one (1) hour prior to your exam. Please do not empty your bladder as a full bladder is necessary for your exam.
    • Your exam needs to be scheduled 7-10 days following the first day of your menstrual period.
    • Please abstain from sexual intercourse following the first day of your period through the day of your appointment.
    • Please take a home pregnancy test the morning of your exam to confirm your pregnancy status.
  5. OB (Pregnancy) Ultrasound
    • Drink 32 ounces of fclear luid one (1) hour prior to your exam. Please do not empty your bladder as a full bladder is necessary for your exam.
  6. 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.
  7. Renal (kidney) ultrasound
    • Drink 16 ounces of fluid prior to your exam. A full bladder is helpful, so if possible, please refrain from emptying your bladder.
  8. Guided biopsy of the Breast, Thyroid, or Soft Tissue
    • Please refrain from aspirin products five (5) days prior to your exam.
    • No other preparation required.
    • Prior mammogram and ultrasound needed.
The following ultrasounds do not require any preparation:
  • Carotid
  • Breast
  • Scrotum/Testicular
  • Thyroid
  • Venous Doppler (DVT)