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What is Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce images of the internal organs of the body to help diagnose conditions and diseases that cause swelling, pain and infection. It is also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is non-invaseive procedure that is safe and radiation-free.


What happens before an Ultrasound Imaging?

You will be required to fast for a specific amount of time before the test. This is important to ensure accuracy because food ingested before a test can impact the quality of the ultrasound images.

The amount of time needed for fasting can range between 8-12 hours prior to a test.

You will be required to change into a hospital gown before the procedure.


What happens during an Ultrasound Imaging?

You will be asked to lie down on a table with the portion of your body to be examined exposed.  A gel will be applied to the area to increase lubrication and to allow the probe to move easily over the skin. 

Low-frequency sound waves are transmitted into the body as the probe is moved around the area, which help to create images of the subject that will be examined.

You may be required to change your body position to acheive clearer images during the procedure.


What happens after an Ultrasound Imaging?

The gel is cleaned off your skin at the end of the procedure. You will change out of the hospital gown and back into your clothes.

You will be given a follow up appointment to review your test results. Should you feel unwell, contact your doctor immediately or call our 24-HR Medical Urgency Clinic.


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