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Ultrasound Information for Patients and Family

WHAT?

Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce a picture. The image is reviewed by a Radiologist who will use this exam to help in your diagnosis.

WHERE?

Georgian Bay General Hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Department, located on the main level just past switchboard and in close proximity to the Emergency Department.

TIME?

Depends on the test, most are completed in approximately 30 minutes, but can range from 15 minutes to 1 hour. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please notify us by telephone immediately.

Emergency patient’s take precedence and may cause delays, however, we do our best to remain on schedule.

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BEFORE AN ULTRASOUND:

PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS RELEVANT TO YOUR EXAMINATION:

ABDOMINAL:

On the day before your examination have your normal supper. Do not eat or drink anything after 10:00pm. Do not eat breakfast on the morning of your appointment.

OBSTETRICAL/PELVIS/RENAL:

Please drink 4 cups (32 oz) of liquid (water, tea, coffee) and be finished drinking one hour before your appointment.  DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER.

SCROTUM:

No preparation required

THYROID:

No preparation required

MUSCULOSKELETAL:

No preparation required

DURING THE ULTRASOUND:

During an ultrasound you will likely lie down on an examination bed. The ultrasound technologist will apply a water based gel upon the area being scanned. A probe will then be applied to the area using varying degrees of pressure to obtain a black and white image. These images are captured to be examined by a Radiologist.  The Ultrasound Technologist is unable to interpret images and therefore cannot provide a verbal report to the patient.

AFTER THE ULTRASOUND:

Results from the Radiologist will be sent to your ordering physician to discuss with you.

FAMILY PRESENCE IN ULTRASOUND:

Click here to view the GBGH Family Presence Policy & Procedure for Ultrasound Exams