Pictures of your pelvis are taken with sound waves, not x-rays.
A full bladder is required, so you are asked to drink 24 to 32 ounces of fluid 60 minutes before your scheduled exam time. The reason for this is that high frequency sound waves used in ultrasound will travel well through fluid but not through gas or air. Since the uterus is located in the pelvis behind loops of bowel continuing gas and air, it is important to fill the bladder with fluids to move the bowel and provide a clear view of the pelvic organs.
You can resume your regular activity and diet unless you are told not to. You may be asked to wait while the images are reviewed. For questions or concerns, call 814-877-6182.
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.
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