Ultrasound Preparation

Preparation for Obstetrical or Pelvic Ultrasound:
  1. 2 hours prior to your exam, empty your bladder and start drinking 4 full 8 ounce glasses of water.
  2. Finish drinking the water 1 hour prior to your exam. DO NOT Empty your bladder prior to your exam.
  3. If the pressure on your bladder becomes unbearable, you can release the equivalent of 1 cup of fluid.
Preparation for Abdominal Ultrasound (Liver, Spleen, Gallbladder, Pancreas, Aorta etc.)
  1. Nothing by mouth for 12 hours prior to your examination - ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING AND NO CHEWING GUM.
  2. If you have essential medication that must be taken, a small amount of water is permitted.
  3. FOR INSULIN DEPENDANT DIABETICS ONLY
  • If you are asked to miss breakfast, take ½ your normal dose of insulin
  • If you are asked to miss any other meal, consult your physician for further instructions
  • After the exam you may resume your normal eating and insulin routine.
Preparation for Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound:
  1. Nothing by mouth except CLEAR FLUIDS for 12 hours prior to the exam - ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING AND NO CHEWING GUM.
  2. 2 Hours prior to your exam, empty your bladder and begin drinking 4 full 8-ounce glasses of water.
  3. Finish drinking your water 1 hour prior to your exam. DO NOT empty your bladder before your exam.
Preparation for Renal (Kidney) Ultrasound:
  1. Eat normally
  2. Finish drinking 4 full 8-ounce glasses of water 1 hour prior to your exam. DO NOT empty your bladder.