Sonography imaging utilizes sound waves to create pictures of within the body. It is utilized to help analyze the reasons of pain, swelling, and infection in the body’s internal organs and to look at a baby in pregnant ladies and the brain and hips in infants. It’s likewise used to help guide biopsies, analyze heart conditions, and evaluate damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.
This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Your doctor will teach you on the most proficient method to get ready, including whether you should refrain from eating or drinking beforehand. Leave gems at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.
How to Prepare for an Ultrasound
The steps you will take to prepare for an ultrasound will depend on the area or organ that is being examined.
Your doctor may tell you to fast for eight to 12 hours before your ultrasound, especially if your abdomen is being examined. Undigested food can block the sound waves, making it difficult for the technician to get a clear picture.
For an examination of the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, or spleen, you may be told to eat a fat-free meal the evening before your test and then to fast until the procedure. However, you can continue to drink water and take any medications as instructed. For other examinations, you may be asked to drink a lot of water and to hold your urine so that your bladder is full and better visualized.
Before the exam, you will change into a hospital gown. You will most likely be lying down on a table with a section of your body exposed for the test.An ultrasound technician, called a sonographer, will apply a special lubricating jelly to your skin. This prevents friction so they can rub the ultrasound transducer on your skin. The transducer has a similar appearance to a microphone. The jelly also helps transmit the sound waves.The transducer sends high-frequency sound waves through your body. The waves echo as they hit a dense object, such as an organ or bone.
Depending on the area being examined, you may need to change positions so the technician can have better access.After the procedure, the gel will be cleaned off of your skin. The whole procedure typically lasts less than 30 minutes, depending on the area being examined. You will be free to go about your normal activities after the procedure has finished.The transducer sends high-frequency sound waves through your body.