How to Prepare for Ultrasounds


Abdomen:

Morning Appointment (before noon): No solid foods or liquids after midnight.  You are required to have an empty stomach.

Afternoon Appointment: You may eat a light breakfast (dry toast, black tea or black coffee, natural juice) before 8:00am.  No dairy products.  Do not eat lunch as you are required to have an empty stomach.


Pelvis or Obstetrical:

Drink four (4) glasses of water 1 hour prior to your appointment. Do not go to the washroom. You may eat light meals.


Abdomen and Pelvis / Prostate OR Renal Arteries:

Preparation same as Abdomen. Additionally, you must drink four (4) glasses of water 1 hour prior to your appointment.  Do not go to the washroom until after your exam is complete.


Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Breast Ultrasound, Echocardiogram (heart), Thyroid (neck), Venous/Arterial: 

No preparation necessary.


Prostate:

Drink four (4) glasses of water 1 hour prior to your appointment. Do not go to the washroom until after the exam is complete.


Transrectal:

1) Purchase a Fleet Enema from any pharmacy. Follow the instructions in the package. Take the Enema two hours before appointment time.

2) Drink four (4) glasses of water 1 hour prior to your appointment. Do not go to the washroom until after your exam is complete.


Biopsy:

Patient must be off of any blood thinners, Aspirin or Advil two (2) days prior to appointment.  Consult with your family and/or referring doctor first before stopping any blood thinner or aspirin regimen.

Required documents for Biopsy:

Completed and signed requisition from the referring doctor and previous ultrasound report if previous was not done at one of our facilities.  Documents must be faxed in prior to the appointment or brought in the day of the procedure


 

How to Prepare for X-Rays


If there is a possibility you may be pregnant, please contact your physician prior to your X-Ray appointment.


Mammography:

On exam day: After showering, do not use deodorant, antiperspirant or talcum powder under the arms or on chest, as these particles may show up on the mammogram. Please wear a 2-piece outfit for your comfort.


Bone Mineral Densitometry:

No preparation necessary.


Upper G.I. Series, Small Bowel Follow Through & BA Swallow:

Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Patients are expected to fast until the procedure is complete. (Booked for morning only)

Note: Small Bowel Follow Through:

Patients must stay at facility for up to two (2) hours; imaging will be done throughout the entire duration.


Barium Enema (Large bowel X-Ray):

Starting the day before exam: All meals are clear fluid diet only (natural fruit juice, bouillon, tea, Jell-O). No cream or fruit. Drink lots of water. The total fluid intake should be at least six 8 oz. glasses. At 6:00 pm, take half (½) bottle of Magnesium Citrate (Citromag). If no result by 8:00 pm, take remaining 6 oz. and two (2) Ducolax tablets with two (2) glasses of water. On the morning of your exam, use a Ducolax rectal suppository.  A glass of clear fluids is allowed. Be sure to drink all fluid specified.