Preparation for Ultrasound Procedures

Exam

Time

(in minutes)

Diet Required/Special Preparation for Exam
Abdominal Ultrasound 30 - 45 Nothing to eat or drink for 12 hours before exam.
Aorta Ultrasound 45 Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
Biophysical Profile 45 No special diet.
Breast Cyst Aspiration 45 No special diet. No blood thinners (Coumadin heparin, Lovenox).  Aspirin may be held as directed by your physician.
Breast Ultrasound 30 No special diet; wear 2-piece outfit; bring mammo images.
Breast Needle Loc. 45 Nothing to eat or drink after midnight; no deodorant/powder. 
Carotid Ultrasound 45 No special diet.  Not done on weekends
Chest Ultrasound 45 No special diet.
Gallbladder Ultrasound 30 Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
Liver Ultrasound 30 Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
OB Complete Ultrasound 60 No special diet.
OB Limited Ultrasound 30 No special diet.
Para/Thoracentesis 60 Discontinue blood thinners and aspirin.  May require recent blood work.
Renal Ultrasound 30 Full bladder. No solid food. May drink clear non-carbonated liquids.
Spleen Ultrasound 30 Nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
Thyroid Ultrasound 30 No special diet.
Testes/Scrotal Ultrasound 45 No special diet.
Transvaginal Pelvic 30 No special diet.
Venous Ultrasound 45 No special diet.

Ultrasound-Guided

Needle Biopsy

60 Nothing to eat or drink after breakfast; major organ biopsies are scheduled for a consult with the Radiologist.  Discontinue blood thinners/ASA as directed by your physician.