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So You're Having an Ultrasound

Be sure to review your requisition, prior to your appointment day, and follow the appropriate preparation (listed on the back of the form) for your type of examination.

Select your procedure:

 

 

Abdominal/Pelvic
Pelvis
Limited Obstertical
Abdominal Ultrasound
Pelvis/Endovaginal
Ltd Obstetrical / IPS (10wk)
Complete Obstetrical
Carotid
Thyroid
Complete Obstetrical (20wk)
Carotid Dopler
Thyroid
Knee
Breast
Shoulder
Posterior Knee
Shoulder

Abdominal Ultrasound What is this?
This scan is done to image the abdominal organs such as the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and kidneys.

Preparation:

  • Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before your appointment.

  • Water may be taken to relieve thirst, or to take your medications.

  • Do not chew gum on the day of your appointment.

  • Eat a low fat diet the day preceding your ultrasound.

How long will it take? Approximately 30 minutes.

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Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound Combination What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the abdominal organs such as the liver, pancreas, gallbladder and kidneys, and the pelvic organs.

Preparation:

  • Nothing to eat after midnight the night before your appointment.

  • You may drink water ONLY up until appointment time.

  • Do not chew gum on the day of your appointment.

  • Eat a low fat diet the day preceding your ultrasound.

  • IN ADDITION - finishing drinking 24 ounces (750ml) of water 1 hour prior to your appointment time to fill you bladder.

  • Do not empty your bladder prior to your appointment.

  • YOUR BLADDER MUST BE FULL FOR THIS SCAN

How long will it take? Between 30-20 minutes.

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3D Ultrasound What is this?
3 and 4 Dimensional imaging of the fetus can be performed between 28-30 weeks, providing that the 20 wk fetal scan was done here at Aylmer Ultrasound.  A 30 minute appointment time will provide for live 3D viewing (4D) of the baby, and any pictures that are obtained during this time, recorded on a CD. 

Call 519-773-3683 for more information & pricing as this is a fee for service session, not covered by OHIP.

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Urinary Tract What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the kidneys, ureters, bladder and pelvic regions.

Preparation:

  • Nothing to eat for 6 hours prior to your appointment time.

  • Do not chew gum on the day of your appointment.

  • IN ADDITION - finish drinking 24 ounces (750 ml) of water 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

  • DO not empty your bladder prior to your appointment.

  • YOUR BLADDER MUST BE FULL FOR THIS SCAN.

How long will it take? Approximately 30 minutes.

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Pelvis / Endovaginal What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the female pelvis. The uterus, ovaries and surrounding structures.

Preparation:

  • Finish drinking 24 ounces (750 ml) of water 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

  • Do not empty your bladder prior to your appointment.

  • YOUR BLADDER MUST BE FULL FOR THIS SCAN.

  • You may eat prior to this scan.

  • After the full bladder imaging is complete, you will empty your bladder and proceed to the Endovaginal scan.

  • There is no preparation for the endovaginal scan.

  • This exam is done to more closely evaluate the pelvic organs and is part of the routine pelvic ultrasound exam.

  • A special probe is inserted into the vagina for imaging of the uterus and ovaries.

  • The sonographer will only proceed with the endovaginal exam after consent from the patient.

  • Patients under the age of 16 will not be offered the endovaginal scan.

How long will it take? Approximately 30 mintues.

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Limited Obstetrical for Dates/IPS Scanning What is this?
This scan is done prior to 16 weeks to evaluate an early pregnancy. If requested by the ordering practitioner, the IPS scan is done at this time (11- 14 weeks) to measure the nuchal translucency. For more information on the Nuchal Translucency go to www.lhsc.on.ca/programs/rmgc/mss/index:htm

Preparation:

  • Finish drinking 24 ounces (750 ml) of liquid (water, coffee, tea, non-carbonated drinks) 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

  • You may eat.

  • Do not empty your bladder prior to your appointment

  • YOUR BLADDER MUST BE FULL FOR THIS EXAM.

How long will it take? Approximately 15-30 mintues.

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Complete Obstetrical What is this?
This scan is done to image the fetus between 16-40 weeks.

Preparation:

  • Finish drinking 16 ounces (500 ml) of liquid (water, coffee, tea or non-carbonated drinks) 1 hour prior to your appointment time.

  • Do not empty your bladder prior to your appointment time.

  • YOUR BLADDER MUST BE FULL FOR THIS EXAM.

  • You may eat.

How long will it take? Between 15 and 40 minutes.

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Carotid Doppler What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the carotid arteries and veins of the neck.

Preparation:

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

How long will it take? Approximately 30 minutes.

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Thyroid Ultrasound What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the thyroid gland of the neck.

Preparation:

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

How long will it take? Approximately 15-30 minutes.

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Posterior Knee What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the space in the back of the knee joint for fluid accumulation.

Preparation:

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

  • To avoid having to undress, you might wear shorts, a skirt, or pants that can be pulled up to the mid thigh.

How long will it take? Approximately 15 minutes.

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Breast Exam
Visit: http://www.sjhc.london.on.ca/breastcare
Aylmer Ultrasound does not perform imaging of the breast.  We recommend that this highly specialized examination be done at the Breast Care Centre, St Joseph's Healthcare,  London Ontario

  • The Norton and Lucille Breast Care Centre is the main hub of
    St. Joseph's Breast Care Program: 519 646-6100 ext. 65008
    Breast Imaging: 519 646-6100 ext. 64060

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Scrotal Ultrasound What is this?
This ultrasound is done to evaluate the scrotum, and testicles.

Preparation:

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

How long will it take? Approximately 15-30 minutes.

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Leg Veins for DVT What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the veins between the knee and the groin, for the presence of deep vein thrombosis (clots).

Preparation:

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

How long will it take? Approximately 15-30 minutes.

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Shoulder Ultrasound What is this?
This scan is done to evaluate the tendons and tissues of the rotator cuff of the shoulder.

Preparation:

  • There is no preparation for this exam.

  • Ladies are asked to wear a sleeveless top, or tank top that will allow for easy access to the shoulder without having to undress.

How long will it take? Approximately 15 minutes.