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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    • Why do I have to fast for an abdominal ultrasound?
      Fasting reduces the amount of air in the stomach and intestines which can interfere with visualization of the abdominal organs. It also ensures that the gallbladder will be distended so it can be thoroughly evaluated.
    • Why do I have to have a full bladder for a pelvic ultrasound?
      A distended bladder acts as a "window" through which the sound waves travel and allows the sonographer to visualize the pelvic organs. A distended bladder also displaces the bowel, which can prevent visualization of the pelvic organs.
    • Does a breast ultrasound show more than a mammogram?
      Mammography is still the best way to image the entire breast. Ultrasound is used to target certain areas in question on the mammogram, as well as lumps and painful areas that the patient or physician is concerned about.
    • How and when will I get the results of the exam?
      After the scan is finished, one of our board-certified radiologists will interpret the study and send a report to your doctor within 24 hours.

    For more information, call 401-793-4505, or e-mail Sandra Moriarty.