Ultrasound Preparation

Patient Resource Coordinator will contact you to discuss preparation instructions for your specific exam including any liquid or food intake restrictions.


Clothing: Wear something lightweight and comfortable that will make it easy to access the body part being examined.

Medication: You may continue to take any routine medications prescribed by your physician.

Diet: So that we can obtain the highest quality ultrasound images of the body part being studied, please carefully follow these dietary instructions:

Abdominal Studies

  • Abdomen: (Liver, Liver Doppler, Hernia, Gall Bladder, Spleen, Aorta, Right or Left Upper Quadrant):  Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.
  • Renal Artery Stenosis: Nothing to eat or drink 12 hours prior to the exam.  You should also take 2 Gas-X tablets with 16 ounces of water the night before, and 1 Gas-X tablet with 16 ounces of water the morning of the exam.
  • Renal: Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.  You should drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour before the exam without urinating.
  • Renal Transplants: Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.  You should drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour before the exam without urinating.
  • Bladder: Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to the exam.  You should drink 16 ounces of water 1 hour before the exam without urinating.
  • Ascites Survey: No prep required

Pelvic Studies

  • Transabdominal & Transvaginal: You must finish 32 ounces of liquid 1 hour before the exam and not urinate.

Obstetric Studies

  • 1st and 2nd trimester:  You must finish 32 ounces of liquid 1 hour before the exam and not urinate.
  • 3rd trimester-over 30 weeks: No prep required but you should not urinate within one hour before the exam.

Vascular and other studies

  • Upper/Lower Extremities (DVT): No prep required 
  • Popliteal space (Baker's cyst): No prep required
  • Thyroid: No prep required
  • Scrotum: No prep required

If you have any questions about how to prepare for your exam, please call us Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm at (434) 982-6600 or toll free at (855) 875-7764.

Exam Preparation

Patient Resource Coordinator will contact you 3-4 days prior to your scheduled appointment to discuss the preparation instructions for your specifc exam.

If you have any questions about how to prepare for your exam, please call us Mon-Fri 8:00am-5:00pm at (434) 982-6600 or toll free at (855) 875-7764.