Ultrasound FAQ

Why does the bladder need to be full for a pelvic exam?

A full bladder pushes the uterus in a position where we can see it better, and brightens up the entire pelvis so that we can adequately visualize the uterus and ovaries. It also moves the intestines and bowel out of the way. 

Can I have a transvaginal exam while I am still on my period?

Yes, but if you are uncomfortable in any way we would be happy to reschedule your appointment. 

Why do I have to fast for my abdominal ultrasound?

This decreases the amount of gas in the abdomen and allows the gallbladder to be adequately visualized. The gallbladder contracts when you eat or drink. 

Why is it better to schedule my abdominal or RUQ ultrasound in the morning?

Your abdomen has the least amount of gas in the morning. 

Is ultrasound radiation?

No. Ultrasound uses sound waves. 

Is ultrasound better than other modalities?

Not necessarily. Each modality images differently. Sometimes it is necessary to image with different modalities different ways for the best diagnosis. An ultrasound is what your doctor’s office has ordered at this time.

I am under age 25, why am I having an ultrasound of my breast instead of a mammogram?

It is best to start with an ultrasound (no radiation) first. Women under the age of 30 also have very dense breasts, which makes mammography very difficult to interpret. If the radiologist feels as though a mammogram is necessary, we will then proceed with mammography. 

Why do I need to arrive 15 minutes prior to my exam?

To be registered, checked in and complete paperwork. 

Do you scan my entire breast or just specific areas?

We do not do screening ultrasound of the entire breast; we only do focal targeting areas of breasts based on physician’s orders and clinical findings. 

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Wake Forest Baptist Imaging

Phone 336-765-5722
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Winston-Salem, NC 27103
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