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What is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of sound waves and computer technology to see inside the body.

The exam is performed to look at the size of organs such as the liver, testicles, and uterus and any abnormalities within them. Ultrasound also can be used to study blood vessels in organs as well as in the neck, arms, and legs.

Ultrasound generally involves little or no discomfort, as it is non-invasive. It does not use radiation and there are no known side effects.

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UR Medicine's Approach

Ultrasound is the most widely available medical imaging scan and is a very useful tool in diagnosis. UR Medicine uses the imaging to evaluate conditions and help determine the best course of treatment. Diagnosis is the first step to healing, and we are here to help you through the process. 

Exams Requiring Preparation

Renal Ultrasound

This evaluates the kidneys, bladder, and—in adults—the abdominal aorta.

  • Up to 16 years old: no preparation is required.
  • 17 years and older
    • For morning appointments, have nothing to eat after midnight. Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water before the exam.
    • For afternoon appointments, have nothing to eat for six to eight hours before the exam. Drink 16 to 24 ounces of water before the exam.

Pelvic Ultrasound

This evaluates the uterus and ovaries.

  • Up to 3 years old: give clear liquid (no carbonation) from a half hour before your appointment until you arrive.
  • 4–11 years old: drink 16 ounces of clear liquid (no carbonation) a half hour before your appointment until you arrive. Do not urinate.
  • 12 years and older: start drinking 24 to 32 ounces of water (no carbonation) one hour before your appointment until you arrive. Do not urinate.

Instructions for the Day of Your Procedure

  • Please arrive on time.
  • Leave valuables at home.
  • Bring your insurance card and photo ID.
  • A parent/guardian should remain in the building when a child (under 19 years old) is having an imaging procedure.
  • All parents/guardians having an imaging study must be aware that there is no supervision available for children. Please do not have children accompany you to your appointment.

What to Expect

During Your Procedure

  • You will be positioned on an exam table, and warm gel will be applied to the area being examined. The transducer (camera) will then be placed on the skin and passed over the area being examined.
  • Depending on the area being examined, you may have to stay still, change positions, or hold your breath at times. Most exams take between 15 and 45 minutes. Some may take an hour.

After Your Procedure

  • Your results will be sent to your referring physician within two business days. Please contact your physician.
  • If you have a MyChart account, your results will be posted in 14 days.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine's Department of Imaging is at the forefront of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging technologies. Radiology is a medical specialty that has become much more than just X-rays, and the name of our department reflects this evolution. Our faculty are nationally recognized authorities in their respective fields.

We bring together education, research, and clinical expertise within a leading academic health sciences environment. UR Medicine's Department of Imaging is able to provide a variety of radiologic services to meet our patients' needs.


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Imaging - Noyes Health Services - Geneseo

Noyes Health Services
50 East South Street
Geneseo, NY 14454

Imaging - Platinum Office Complex - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Suite 200
Penfield, NY 14526

Imaging - UMI Clinton Crossings - Rochester

Clinton Crossings Building H
2400 South Clinton Avenue Suite 50, Building H
Rochester, NY 14618

Imaging - Thompson Health - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
350 Parrish Street
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Imaging - Golisano Children's Hospital - Rochester

Golisano Children's Hospital
150 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642

Imaging - Highland Hospital - Rochester

Highland Hospital
1000 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

Imaging - Noyes Health - Dansville

Noyes Memorial Hospital
111 Clara Barton Street
Dansville, NY 14437

Imaging - St. James Hospital - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7329 Seneca Road North
Hornell, NY 14843

Gynecologic Oncology - Rochester

Lattimore Medical Center
125 Lattimore Road, West Entrance, Suite 258
Rochester, NY 14620

Reproductive Genetics - Rochester

Lattimore Medical Center
125 Lattimore Road, West Entrance, Suite 150
Rochester, NY 14620

Maternal-Fetal Medicine - Henrietta

500 Red Creek Drive, Suite 210
Rochester, NY 14623

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