Ultrasound Checklist and Instructions for Patients

 

Instruction to Patients:

exam checklist

  • Please bring your health card and your requisition with you to your appointment: Requisition Form.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes early to register.
  • Please refer to the different exam preparation checklists below.

Ultrasound Checklist:

Abdomen

  • No eating or drinking 4 hours prior to your appointment.

Abdomen / Pelvis

  • No eating 4 hours prior to your appointment.
  • START drinking 5 cups (40 oz. or 1.25 litres) of WATER ONLY 2 hours before your examination.
  • FINISH drinking at least 1 hour prior to your examination.
  • DO NOT empty your bladder before your examination.

Prostate Transrectal

  • Fleet enema 2 hours before the examination. (kit may be purchased at your pharmacy)
  • Drink 34 oz. or 1 Litre of water 1 hour prior to appointment
  • Do not go to the washroom.

Obstetrical / Pelvis

  • A full bladder is necessary for a thorough examination of the pelvis and pregnant uterus.
  • START drinking 5 cups of water (40 oz. or 1.25 litres) or other fluid 2 hours before your examination.
  • FINISH drinking at least 1 hour prior to your examination.
Example: If your appointment is for 3:00 p.m., you should start drinking by 1:00 p.m. and finish drinking by 2:00 p.m. DO NOT empty your bladder before your examination. Note: If your bladder is NOT full your appointment may have to be rescheduled.

Bone Mineral Density

  • Do not take calcium supplements for 24 hours prior to examination.
  • Patients are asked to wear clothing without zippers or metal attachments.

Mammography

  • Do not use underarm deodorant, body powders or lotions as these can interfere with the examination.