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An ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that uses sound waves to see inside your body. 

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Your ultrasound will most likely take between 30-45 minutes.

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Sound waves bounce off organs and tissue in your body creating echoes that are converted into electronic signals/ sound waves. A computer turns these signals into pictures. Gel will be applied to your skin to help send the waves and a probe will be moved back and forth over your body.

Your study will be reviewed by a radiologist and the results sent to you. Your doctor will be able to discuss and explain how your results may impact your health.

We recommend loose, comfortable clothes that easily expose the part of your body to be scanned. You may be asked to change into a gown/drape.

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The scan can help diagnose such medical conditions as abdominal masses, gallbladder disease and gallstones, as well as problems in the liver, kidneys, pancreas or spleen.

You will not feel any pain; however, you will feel mild pressure from the transducer.

You must not eat or drink for eight hours before your exam. Water and taking medication is okay.

If you are diabetic, please schedule an early appointment as it may not be advisable for you to not eat for 8 hours. A 4-6 hour fast may be the best option for you.

If you cannot get up onto the exam table alone, please consider coming with someone who can assist you with facilitating the exam- you will be asked to lay on an exam table/bed. The tech is only allowed to minimally assist in transfers as an occupational precaution.

90 minutes before your exam, empty your bladder and start drinking 1-2 quarts of liquid. Do not empty your bladder again until your exam is completed. Try to hold it at least 45 minutes before your appointment! If you must urinate, continue drinking to refill your bladder.

There are 2 parts to this ultrasound. 

First you will need to have a full bladder and the ultrasound will start over your stomach. Then you will be asked to empty your bladder. During the second part, a probe is inserted into the vagina.

Start drinking 24 ounces of water/fluids starting 90 minutes before your appointment. Try not to use the restroom for 45 minutes before your appointment! If you must urinate, please continue drinking fluids to refill your bladder. It is best to arrive with a full bladder. 

You may eat normally. Consider eating/drinking something sugary 30 min-1 hour before your exam to increase the chance of your baby being awake and active.

THERE ARE NO PREPARATIONS REQUIRED FOR THE FOLLOWING EXAMS: Thyroid/Neck, Testicular, Veins, Arteries, Arms, Legs, Axilla, Breast, Face, Chest.

Between days 10-12 of a regular (28 day) menstrual cycle.

These ultrasounds attempt to assess the pelvic anatomy of the uterus, the uterine lining, follicles, and ovaries. This ultrasound looks for fibroids, uterine malformations, polyps, cysts, etc.

This ultrasound is predominantly for those preparing for IUI and IVF where endometrial thickness and egg count should be measured.

No. Ultrasounds cannot be diagnosed: hormonal deficiencies, blood disorders, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, some infections, and even some uterine abnormalities. 

On the 2nd or 3rd day of your cycle when there is flow (and not just spotting). This ultrasound is best for women undergoing fertility treatment who need more information about ovarian stimulation.

Ovarian reserve refers to the number of eggs a woman has left to get pregnant with.

No, the ovarian reserve ultrasound looks at the number of eggs but not the quality of the eggs. Also, it does not give information provided by the basic fertility ultrasound about potential structural abnormalities.