Exam Preparation

There are various preparations for different types of ultrasound examinations. For example, certain exams such as an ultrasound of the gallbladder require fasting from midnight, while other exams such as a pelvic ultrasound require the drinking of 40 oz. of fluids one hour prior to the exam. Always check with your physician to determine what type of preparation is necessary for your particular test.

For Abdominal/ Gallbladder Ultrasounds:  Patients are asked not to eat or drink (no gum chewing) after midnight prior to exam.  Patients are scheduled for appointments after 12:00 Noon are asked not to eat or drink anything at least 5 hours prior to the exam.  You may drink water.  Avoid fatty foods.  Medications are permissible with a small amount of water.

For Pelvis/Prostate Ultrasounds:  Patients are asked to drink four to five 8 ounce glasses of water one hour prior to exam.  Patients may not urinate before exam.  For Obstetrical Ultrasounds: If under 3 months of pregnancy, follow same instructions as Pelvis Ultrasound. .

What Should I Wear

You should wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to get in and out of. A hospital gown is necessary for most exams.





What to expect

Before the exam begins, a technologist will ask you a series of questions about your medical history as well as the reasons why you are having the test.You will be asked to lie down on the examination table. Warm acoustic gel will be applied to your skin to minimize the amount of air between the transducer (a special hand-held microphone which produces the sound waves) and your skin. You may be asked to hold your breath and lie in different positions while the transducer is moved across your skin.
Depending on the type of ultrasound requested, the exam may take anywhere between 15 to 40 minutes. Images will appear on a TV monitor, which will later be interpreted by a radiologist.

More Info

A procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to show what is inside your body. Ultrasound is a safe, painless, non-invasive test that uses pulses of high frequency sound waves to produce an image of the body’s internal organs. These sound waves are reflected off various tissues and are converted into pictures. You do not feel these pulses of sound, nor do you hear them, because of the high frequency.

Locations for this exam

Royal Oak

royal_oakRoyal Oak 30701 Woodward Avenue

Sterling Heights

sterlingheightsSterling Heights 13753 19 Mile Rd


dearborn4407 Roemer Ave Dearborn, MI 48126