Obstetric Ultrasound (for Dating/Viability) Appointment Preparation

This type of ultrasound is used during pregnancy and is a safe and non-invasive way to examine the fetus.  This is a quick 15 min exam for the assessment of gestational age, size and viability of the fetus. Routinely, the viewing screen will not be turned on and partners will not be allowed in the exam room. 

Preparation:

  • Your bladder must be uncomfortably full for this exam, otherwise the exam may be non-diagnostic and will need to be rescheduled!  Fluid in the bladder optimizes images of the desired anatomy because we use the bladder as an imaging window.
  • 1 ½ hours prior to your exam we want you to completely empty your bladder. This is the last time you will be able to go to the washroom before your exam. 
  • Immediately after you go to the washroom start drinking 4 eight ounce glasses (32 ounces in total) of clear liquid finishing 1 hour before your appointment (it should take you 30 minutes to drink your liquid).
  • You are then going to hold your bladder until your appointment. If you are painfully full, please speak to the booking desk and they will give you further instructions. 
  • Please report to the Ultrasound check-in 15 minutes before your appointment time.
  • You will receive a reminder call 2 days prior to your exam. This call comes from the hospital call center but please note your appointment is still here at Phoenix Medical Imaging. 

NOTE: We charge $50.00 for missed appointments or for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. 

IF THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT CLEAR, PLEASE CALL US AT 250-563-0635 Ext. 1

Hours

Ultrasounds

M-Th 7:45am — 4:00pm
F 7:45am — 2:00pm

General X-Rays

M-Th 8:00am — 4:00pm
F 8:00am — 2:00pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and all statutory holidays.