A pelvic ultrasound is used to examine the pelvic organs. For females this includes the bladder, uterus and ovaries. For males this includes the bladder and prostate. The bowel is not examined.
Your bladder must be uncomfortably full for this exam, otherwise the exam may have 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 1-2 days prior to your exam.
NOTE: We charge $50.00 for missed appointments or for cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.
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