An Ultrasound Examination involves the placement of a jelly-like substance over the area that is being examined. The radiologist then moves a probe up and down over the jelly to visualize the area of interest. An Ultrasound Scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body. This is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure and the examination generally last approximately 15-20 minutes.
For any ultrasound examination of the abdomen, the patient needs to be starved/nil per mouth for a period of 4 hours prior to the examination.
All pelvis ultrasounds for masses, nodes, cysts, etc. require the patient to have a full bladder prior to the examination.
In order to fill the bladder, the patient needs to drink water/clear fluids only. We need a full bladder in order to obtain the best possible image quality/clarity.