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  • How to Prepare for an Ultrasound

  • If your doctor has scheduled you to have a procedure (biopsy, drainage or aspiration) performed in the ultrasound department at The Miriam Hospital, here's how you should prepare:

    • Abdominal Ultrasound: Do not eat or drink anything after midnight or for 6 hours before the test if it is scheduled after noon.
    • Pelvic Ultrasound:  
      For women: Drink 64 oz. of water 1 hour before your appointment. Do not urinate before the procedure, as a full bladder is necessary to make the procedure successful.
      For men: Drink 32 oz. of water 1 hour before your appointment.
    • Thyroid Ultrasound: No special preparation is necessary.
    • Transrectal Ultrasound of the Prostate: Preparations are given to the patient by the patient's physician.

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