Internal Medicine Services

Ultrasound

What is general ultrasound imaging?

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images of internal organs by sending high-frequency sound waves into the body. The reflected sound waves’ echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image.

For example, an abdominal ultrasound image is a useful way of examining internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow. This can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess damage caused by illness.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. Other preparation depends on the type of examination you will have.

Ultrasound Exam Instructions

Wake Internal Medicine Consultants covers a vast variety of ultrasound needs. If you are having an aorta, abdomen, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, renal (kidney), or RUQ

ultrasound:

  1. It is very important that you DO NOT EAT OR DRINK ANYTHING AFTER MIDNIGHT THE NIGHT BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT. If you must take medication in the morning, you can do so with a small amount of water.
  2. You may brush your teeth in the morning; try not to swallow water.
  3. If you have any questions about your exam or need to reschedule, please call 919-781-7500

****If you are having a Renal (Kidney) ultrasound, in addition to fasting, you will need to drink 20-32 oz of water BEFORE your test time.****

If you are having a bladder or pelvic ultrasound you MUST DRINK 32 ounces of water 1 hour before your exam. You CANNOT GO TO THE BATHROOM, your bladder must be full otherwise your appointment may be delayed or you may have to reschedule your appointment.

All other ultrasounds, including vascular ultrasounds, do not require any preparation.

In the event that you are unable to keep your appointment, please call 919-781-7500 to cancel or reschedule 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged for your appointment slot.