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Ultrasound / Vascular Doppler


A highly effective, safe and painless imaging technique. It uses high frequency sound waves that reflect of a body structure to create an image on a monitor.

What should I expect when I arrive?

Your exam will be performed by an Ultrasonographer technologist. The technologist will describe to you what will take place during the test. Sound waves are captured using a device called a transducer, which will be placed over your skin with a small amount of lubricant that may feel cold at first. Our technologists are there to help you feel relaxed as well as informed throughout your exam. 

Please note that some ultrasound exams require you to have a full bladder. For those exams, it is very important to have already consumed the necessary fluid before you arrive. It is also very important to arrive to your exam on time, ensuring a quick and comfortable experience. 

Specific Preparations

Abdomen
Allow 1 hour for exam Nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the night before your exam. 

Arterial
  Allow 2 hours for exam No preparation is required. 

Breast
  Allow 1 hour for exam

Carotid arteries (neck)
  Allow 1 hour for exam No preparation is required. 

Gallbladder
Allow 1 hour for exam Nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the night before your exam. 

Obstetrical Pelvic Ultrasound 
Allow 1.5 hours for exam Patient should drink 40 oz of fluids 1 hour before exam. 

Transabdominal Pelvic Ultrasound 
Allow 30 minutes for exam Patient should drink 40 oz. of fluids 1 hour before exam. 

Renal (kidney) Ultrasound
  Allow 1 hour for exam No preparation is required. 

Testicular Ultrasound
  Allow 45 minutes for exam No preparation is required. 

Thyroid Ultrasound
  Allow 45 minutes for exam No preparation is required. 

Venous Doppler Ultrasound
  Allow 1 hour for exam No preparation is required. 

Transvaginal Pelvic Ultrasound
  Allow 30 minutes for exam No preparation is required. Bladder does not need to be full. 

2D Echocardiography
Allow 1 hour for exam NO caffeine for 24 hours before test. Eat light meal for breakfast 

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