Ultrasound (Blood Clots, Breast Ultrasound, GYN)
What To Expect If Your Doctor Orders An Ultrasound
Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe procedure that uses low-power sound waves. There are no known risks.
This test is a valuable tool, but it has limitations. Sound doesn’t travel well through air or bone, so it may not be as effective at imaging body parts that have gas in them or are hidden by bone, such as the lungs or head. To view these areas, your doctor may order other imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans or X-rays.
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area that will be examined.
Other preparation depends on the type of exam you will have. For some exams your doctor may instruct you not to eat or drink 6 to 12 hours before your appointment. For others you may be asked to drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to your exam so that your bladder is full when the scan begins. The time your test will take depends on the exam ordered by your doctor. Please allow 20 minutes to 1 hour for your exam.