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Ultrasound

What is a Ultrasound Exam?

An ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. As sound passes through the body it produces echoes, which can identify distance, size and shape of structures inside. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays).

 

Our dedicated team of Radiologists and Sonographers are available to ensure that your procedures are conducted quickly and professionally. Our state of the art ultrasound machines are completely digital. At all times, we will make every effort to accommodate your needs as quickly as possible.

What to expect during your exam

  • After checking in for your appointment, your sonographer will seat you in the change room where you will be provided a gown to wear for your exam.
  • After positioning on a bed (positioning is exam specific) the sonographer will begin the exam by preparing the area for scanning. This preparation involves ensuring the area to be scanned is clean and free of obstructions (such as clothing or jewelry).
  • A transmission medium such as gel or cream will be applied to the area to ensure sufficient transmission of ultrasound waves. This ensure excellent image quality. During the exam the ultrasound transducer will be moved around the areas of concern, ensuring each area is imaged completely. The sonographer may reposition a patient or require them to breath in or out at specific times to ensure all needed images are taken.
  • From time to time the sonographer may need to apply some pressure on the probe to completely image a structure. This may cause some minor discomfort but should never be painful. Please communicate with your sonographer during your exam to ensure the best possible experience.

Exam Preparation

Vascular Ultrasound

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam.
  • You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.

Bladder, Pelvis or Pregnancy Under 28 Weeks 

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • The exam requires a full bladder.
  • Drink and finish 1 litre (4 cups) of water 1 hour prior to the appointment time.
  • DO NOT empty your bladder until after the examination.
  • If your bladder is not full, the examination may have to be rescheduled.
  • You may eat regularly prior to the exam.

Pregnancy 28 Weeks and Over

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • The exam requires a partially full bladder. Drink and finish 500 ml (2 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to the appointment time. DO NOT empty your bladder until after the examination. If your bladder is not full, the examination may have to be rescheduled. Please eat 30 minutes prior to the examination.

Abdomen

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • DO NOT eat, drink, chew or consume anything by mouth 8 hours prior to the examination.
  • You may still take your medication with water.

Abdomen and Pelvis

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • DO NOT eat, drink, chew or consume anything but water 8 hours prior to the examination.
  • Drink and finish 1 litre (4 cups) of water 1 hour prior to the appointment time.
  • DO NOT empty your bladder until after the examination.
  • If your bladder is not full, the examination may have to be rescheduled.
  • You may still take your medication with water.

Wait Times

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All of our services are fully covered by Alberta Health Care.

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We accept requisition forms from any other diagnostic imaging company.

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