Ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body.

Example of ultrasound procedure

Preparing for an Ultrasound

Most ultrasound examinations do not require preparation. In some cases, you may need to stop eating, drinking or taking your medicine several hours prior to your exam. Also, you may be asked to drink several glasses of clear fluids prior to your exam in order to have a full bladder. You should wear comfortable clothing.

Ask your healthcare provider how you need to prepare for your exam.

Arriving for Your Appointment

You will need to arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time to check in and complete paperwork.

What Will Happen During My Ultrasound?

A small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel will be placed directly on your skin to capture images.

Most ultrasound exams take 45 to 60 minutes. You should plan for your visit to be at least 1½ hours. In some cases, it may take longer.

What Happens After the Ultrasound?

You can usually return immediately to your normal activities and diet.