An ultrasound scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of sound waves and computer technology to see inside the body. It is used to study parts of the body such as the liver, testicles, uterus and other organs. The exam is performed to look at the size of the organs and any abnormalities within them. Ultrasound can also 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.
If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please provide 24 hours notice.
Exams Requiring Preparation
This evaluates the kidneys, bladder and in adults, the abdominal aorta.
- 0–16 years old – There is no preparation required.
- 17 years and older
- For morning appointments, have nothing to eat after midnight. Drink 16-24 oz of water prior to exam.
- For afternoon appointments, have nothing to eat for 6-8 hours prior to the examination time. Drink 16 - 24 oz of water prior to exam.
This evaluates the uterus and ovaries.
- 0–3 years old – give clear liquid (no carbonation) from 1/2 hour prior to your appointment until you arrive.
- 4–11 years old – drink 16 oz. of clear liquid (no carbonation) 1/2 hour prior to your appointment until you arrive. Do not urinate.
- 12 years and older – start drinking 24–32 oz. of water (no carbonation) one hour prior to your appointment until you arrive. Do not urinate.
Instructions for the Day of Your Procedure
- Please arrive on time. Allow extra time in your trip for weather, traffic and parking.
- 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) 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. Most exams take between 15 and 45 minutes, some may take an hour.
What to Expect After Your Procedure
- Your results will be sent to your referring physician within 2 business days. Please contact your physician.
- If you have a MyChart account, your results will be posted in 14 days.
Ultrasounds are provided at the following locations:
- Auburn Community Hospital
- East River Road
- FF Thompson Hospital
- Golisano Children's Hospital
- Highland Hospital
- Noyes Health Services
- Noyes Memorial Hospital
- Platinum Office Complex
- St. James Hospital
- Strong West
- University Medical Imaging (South Clinton Ave.)