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Patient Information Center

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Abdominal & Pelvis Ultrasound Preparation


You need to avoid food (fast) at least 8 or 10 hours before an abdominal ultrasound. Overnight fasting is good enough. Food  in your stomach can make it difficult for the technician to get a clear picture of the structures in your abdomen.


For pelvic ultrasounds, drink 5 glasses of water one hour before test. Do not empty your bladder. 

Ask your doctor if you should continue or skip any medications.

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Transcretal & Pelvis Ultrasound Preparation

Purchase Rectal Fleet Enema® from the pharmacy. It is an over-the-counter medication. Proceed with the enema at least 2 hours prior to examination. Follow the instructions of packaging.


Finish drinking 5 glasses of water one hour before test. Do not empty your bladder. 

Ask your doctor if you should continue or skip any medications.

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Pregnancy Ultrasound Preparation

Less than 16 weeks or Dating Ultrasound:

Drink 4 glasses of clear fluid an hour before your scheduled appointment time. A full bladder will help the sonographer get a clear visualization of the baby to obtain the important images needed in the first trimester ultrasound.

2nd/3rd trimester Ultrasound: 

No preparation required.

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Information for IPS Ultrasound Patients

Your doctor should have given you three documents for your IPS test: 

  • Blood work requisition

  • Ultrasound requisition 

  • IPS measurement paper 

Blood-work will be done within the same day as ultrasound. 

After ultrasound is completed, do not leave our clinic until our staff returns the finished IPS measurement paper to you. 

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Echocardiogram Preparation

Echocardiogram test is an ultrasound of the heart. It uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the heart’s valves and chambers so that doctors can see how your heart is functioning. 

No Preparation needed. 

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Stress Echocardiogram Preparation

Ask your doctor if you should skip medication on the day of the test.


You shouldn’t take certain heart medications, such as 

beta-blockers, isosorbide-dinitrate, isosorbide-mononitrate (Isordil Titradose), and nitroglycerin, before the test. Let your doctor know if you take medication to control diabetes as well.

Because you will exercise, make sure to wear good walking or running shoes.

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Contrast Echocardiogram

Contrast is used during an echocardiogram to see the flow of blood through the heart and the heart muscle.


Saline (sterile salt water) and Definity are contrast solutions, 

injected into the veins (IV) during the echocardiogram. The agitated saline or Definity can be seen flowing through the heart during the echocardiogram.

Contrast can help your doctor determine a diagnosis. 

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Digital Holter Monitoring

Holter monitor is a type of ambulatory cardiac portable device used to monitor ECG heart activity. It can be 24hrs, 48hrs, 72 hrs, or 7 days,  up to 14 days Holter monitoring. 

Please take a shower prior to the test. No lotions on the chest. You may need to avoid bathing, showering or swimming activities during the test. 

Our technician will give you instructions. 

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