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Patient Preparation for Ultrasound Examination in the Community Ultrasound Service

Patient Preparation for Ultrasound examination

 

Your Doctor has recommended that you have an ultrasound examination.

In order to ensure that the ultrasound examination be as successful as possible, and that it gives your Doctor the maximum amount of information, please follow the relavent patient examination procedure highlighted below.

 

Abdominal Ultrasound examination

(Your Doctor may alternatively have asked for a scan of your 'Liver', 'Gall Bladder', 'Pancreas', 'Aorta' or 'Spleen')

Eat nothing for the 6 hours prior to your examination.   You may drink water or fruit juice, if you wish.

If you are diabetic, you should continue to eat a fat free diet. i.e. no dairy products.

 

Abdominal & Pelvic Ultrasound Examination

(Your Doctor may alternatively have asked for a scan of your 'Kidneys' (Renal) or 'Kidneys and Bladder' (KUB)).

Eat nothing for the 6 hours prior to your examination. 

You need to have a full bladder and should aim to drink at least 1 pint of water or clear fluids in the hour before your examination. Do not empty your bladder during this hour.

If you are diabetic, you should continue to eat a fat free diet. i.e. no dairy products.

 

Female Pelvic / Gynaecology Ultrasound Examination

(Your Doctor may alternatively have asked for a scan of your 'Uterus', 'Ovaries' or 'Bladder').

You need to have a full bladder and should aim to drink at least 1 pint of water or clear fluids in the hour before your examination. Do not empty your bladder during this hour.

Part way through the examination, you may be sent to the toilet to empty your bladder and then a further scan undertaken. An internal (trans-vaginal) scan may be offered at this time, which provides greater clarity of the pelvic organs. If we proceed with this scan, a female chaperone will be in the examination room with you.

 

Male Pelvic Ultrasound Examination

(Your Doctor may alternatively have asked for a scan of your 'Prostate' or 'Bladder').

You need to have a full bladder and should aim to drink at least 1 pint of water or clear fluids in the hour before your examination. Do not empty your bladder during this hour. Part way through the examination, you will be sent to the toilet to empty your bladder and then a further scan undertaken.

 

Testes, Thyroid, Neck, Lumps, or Musculo-Skeletal Ultrasound

No specific preparation is required and you can eat and drink as normal.

 

Click here to download a copy of the Beehive Solutions Patient Preparation leaflet

If you are unsure of the correct preparation required,
either speak to your GP Surgery 
or contact Beehive Solutions and ask for instructions
on 020 8550 9108 or 07961 192 192

 

 

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