Ultrasound Frequently Asked Questions

Ultrasound

Will the ultrasound hurt my baby?

No, the ultrasound is a very safe test that uses no radiation; it has been used for years to evaluate pregnancy.

Does an ultrasound hurt, and will I need to have an IV started?

No, the ultrasound does not hurt. You may feel pressure as it is being done, but no pain. There is no reason to have an IV started before the test.

How long will the exam take?

It depends on the type of exam you are having. Most of our exams last about 30 minutes. If you are having a procedure it may last longer but it will be explained to you prior to starting your study.

Will I need to drink anything before the ultrasound test?

We no longer require a full bladder for a Pelvic Ultrasound so you do not need to drink anything before your ultrasound.

Can I eat before my ultrasound of my gallbladder?

No. As we eat, it causes the gallbladder to contract, or get smaller. Thus, it is advised to not eat before the test. We also ask that you do not eat for 6-8 hours before an ultrasound of your abdomen. When you refrain from eating it decreases the amount of gas in your stomach and allows us to see your organs better. We also image your gallbladder in an abdominal ultrasound as well and it is important for it not to be contracted.

Will I need someone to drive me home after the ultrasound?

No, the ultrasound test is very easy and will not affect your ability to drive.