Preparation for your ultrasound exam is determined by the part of your body to be examined.
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam.
You will be asked to remove all clothing and jewelry from the area of your body being examined prior to the exam as these objects interfere with the quality of the images.
The portion of your body that is being examined will be undressed and you may be asked to wear a hospital gown to cover yourself during the exam.
For abdominal, aorta, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, spleen and pancreas ultrasound exams - Do not eat or drink for at least 8 hours prior to your exam. This includes mints and chewing gum. During this 8 hour period you may continue to take regular medications but only with small sips of water.
For pediatric ultrasound exams - Fasting time is dependent upon the child's age. Consult your doctor for additional information.
For pelvic ultrasound exams - Empty your bladder approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours prior to your exam, and then drink 32 ounces of liquid of your choice. Your bladder should be full for the exam. Do not empty your bladder again until the exam has been completed. You may continue to take regular medications.