Ultrasound images are acquired by using high frequency sound waves. There is no radiation involved. The transducer emits sound waves that penetrate the body and are reflected back to produce an image on a monitor. A permanent record of the exam will be made. Videotaping or cell phone pictures are not allowed.
Preparation and procedure
You may eat a light meal. It is important to be well hydrated. Drink 32 oz. of fluids 45 minutes prior to the exam. DO NOT empty your bladder. For this exam you will be lying down and warm gel will be applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the air pockets between your skin and the transducer (the instrument used to capture pictures). The sonographer presses the transducer against your skin over your abdomen, moving from one area to another.
Part 1: Trans-Abdominal: For this exam you will be lying down and warm gel will be applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the air pockets between your skin and the transducer (the instrument used to capture pictures). The sonographer presses the transducer against your skin over your abdomen, moving from one area to another. As soon as the examination is completed, you will be allowed to go to the restroom to empty your bladder.
Part 2: Trans-Vaginal: This portion of the exam is not always necessary. Once your bladder is empty, a trans-vaginal ultrasound is often performed to obtain close views of the uterus, cervix or and ovaries. This is achieved by inserting a probe into the vagina.
On the day of your exam
Please arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for parking and registration. Please plan to spend approximately one hour in our department. If you bring friends or family to the appointment they will be asked to wait in a waiting room during your scan. Children cannot be left unattended during your scan. Please arrange for a caregiver.
Our radiologist will study your examination and a report will be forwarded to your practitioner, from whom you may obtain the results. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please contact our department at at 608-342-4740.
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Your procedure will be performed at Southwest Health at 1400 Eastside Road – Platteville, WI 53818. Please use the Main Hospital Entrance and check in at the Registration Desk prior to your scheduled procedure.
If you cannot keep your appointment please contact the radiology department at 608-342-4740 so that me may accommodate another patient.
NOTE: It may take 2-3 days to obtain verification from your insurance company for exams that require prior authorization, such as CT, MRI, Nuclear Stress, Injections, etc.