Ultrasound is an imaging technique used to visualize organs and structures in the body using sound waves. An OB/gyn or pelvic ultrasound may be performed to evaluate pregnancy or gynecological conditions.
How do I prepare for the exam?
A full bladder is required for this exam. Drink 32 to 40 ounces of water at least one hour prior to the exam, and do not urinate before your exam.
What can I expect during the exam?
This exam is conducted by a specially trained and accredited ultrasound technologist.
The patient will lie on an exam table with the lower abdomen and pelvis exposed. Towels will be placed over the patient's clothing to protect them from the ultrasound gel. Ultrasound gel will be applied to the area for scanning.
The technologist will place a transducer (or probe) over the gel and move it over the surface of the abdomen/pelvis, sometimes applying varying degrees of pressure. Patients may be asked to hold their breath, or roll from side to side during the exam.
Sometimes a trans-vaginal exam is required (for first trimester pregnancies and all sexually active females). A chaperone can be present during this portion of the exam if the patient prefers.
The exam will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes.
What can I expect after the exam?
You will be able to resume normal activities upon your release.
All exams are reviewed by a radiologist, and a report will be sent to your ordering physician.
** Please note that while the images are available for immediate viewing, the ultrasound technologist is not permitted to give results of your test during the exam. Only a Radiologist or trained physician is permitted to interpret the exam images.