General Ultrasound Preparation

Most ultrasound procedures do not require advance preparation. The exceptions are listed below:

Abdominal Ultrasound and Abdominal Ultrasound with Doppler

(Liver, spleen, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, abdominal aorta, biliary system)

(exam time: 30 min; visit time about 1 1/2 hours)

  • Adults: Do not eat or drink eight hours before exam.
  • Children: Do not eat or drink four hours before study or skip one meal.
  • Take medications with a small sip of water.
  • If you are diabetic, please take your insulin.

Pelvic Ultrasound

(Uterus, Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes, Urinary Bladder)

(exam time: 30 min; visit time about 1 1/2 hours)

Our protocol is to include transvaginal ultrasound for females.

  • Eat normally.
  • One hour before your exam, drink 32 ounces of water.
  • Do not empty your bladder before your exam.

Bladder Ultrasound

  • For both male and female patients, one hour before your exam, drink 32 ounces of water.

Prostate-Transrectal Ultrasound

  • Two hours before your exam, do a cleansing with a Fleet Enema #1.

Hysterosonogram

  • No unprotected sexual relations during the first 10 days of your menstrual cycle.

Ultrasound-guided biopsies

Ultrasound breast biopsy

  • You must be off aspirin, blood thinners and vitamin E for seven days prior to your biopsy.

Liver biopsy/paracentesis ultrasound/thoracentesis/prostate biopsy

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the day before your biopsy.
  • You must be off aspirin, blood thinners and vitamin E for seven days before your biopsy.

Why choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for an ultrasound study?

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake and West Hollywood.  

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