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Pictures of the pregnant uterus are taken with sound waves, not x-rays.
One hour before the test, drink 24 to 32 ounces (3 to 4 large glasses) of water. Do not use the bathroom to empty your bladder. Your bladder must be full for the test. The test cannot be completed and you will be asked to drink more fluids at the hospital if your bladder is not full when you arrive. Since the uterus is located in the pelvis behind loops of bowel containing gas and air, it is important to fill the bladder with fluids to move the bowel and provide a clear view of the baby and other pelvic organs.
You may be asked to wait while the images are reviewed.
The pictures are reviewed by the radiologist and the results are sent to your doctor. The results cannot be given to you by the sonographer administering the test.
If you have any questions, call your physician or call the UPMC Hamot Ultrasound Department at 814-877-2258.
If you cannot keep your appointment, please call our scheduling department at 814-877-6123 to reschedule.