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What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images. There is no radiation involved in an ultrasound. A gel will be applied to the area where a small instrument will be moved across the area of interest. Examinations will last approximately 30-45 minutes. For females having ultrasound of the pelvis - one hour prior to the exam, you will need to drink 3 to 4 glasses of fluid. Do not empty your bladder until the exam is complete.

What do I do if there is a possibility that I might be pregnant?
If there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before the exam.

Are any activities restricted after this procedure?
No, you may continue your normal activities.

Do I need to make changes to my diet?
Continue your normal diet; no restrictions are necessary following this scan. Drink plenty of fluids the rest of the day unless contraindicated.

Do I need to adjust any medications?
Your medicines should not be stopped or unless your doctor tells you to.

My doctor requested that I bring my films to my next appointment, what do I do?
Saint Joseph has implemented a new imaging archiving system which allows physicians to digitally view your images in their offices. The technologist that performs your procedure will also be able to provide you with a CD (computerized disk) to take with you upon request. If you did not receive a CD from the technologist and you need a copy of your images, you can also contact the Radiology Imaging Library at 859.313.2290. If someone else is going to pick up your CD, you must call us and give us their information and they must present a picture ID.

Saint Joseph Outpatient Diagnostic Center
Saint Joseph Office Park - Bldg. C
1401 Harrodsburg Road, Ground Floor
Lexington, KY 40504