Ultrasounds

Ultrasound (sonogram) is a widely used diagnostic tool which utilizes sound waves to visualize internal organs, soft tissues, blood vessels and flow, and reproductive tract for pathologic conditions . Ultrasound has many uses including examining the abdomen, female reproductive system, fetuses, breasts, blood vessels, and joints such as the shoulder. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation.

The types of Ultrasounds We Perform Are:

  • General Ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound / ABI
  • Echocardiogram

When you arrive at GNMI for your ultrasound test you will be asked to change into an examination gown and lie on an examination table. An ultrasound technologist, will apply lubricating gel over the area to be scanned. An instrument known as a transducer will then be pressed firmly to your skin and used to form digital images.

Ultrasound Checklist – Patient Preparation

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

GNMI Ultrasound
Ultrasounds May 16, 2019