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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 Rhode Island Hospital, here's how you should prepare:

    • Abdominal Ultrasound: Do not eat anything for 6 hours before the test.
    • Pelvic/Fetal Ultrasound: Drink 32 oz. of water one hour before your appointment. Do not urinate before the procedure, as a full bladder is necessary to make the procedure successful.
    • Thyroid/Vascular Ultrasound: No special preparation is necessary.
    • Transrectal Ultrasound of the Prostate: Fleet enema 2 hours prior to appointment.

    If you have questions regarding the appropriate preparations before the procedure please call 401-444-5309  or e-mail