Ultrasound Scan

What Is an Ultrasound Scan?

Ultrasound scans are widely used to examine internal organs and to look at various organs in the body. The Ultrasound scans images are created by sending and receiving high-frequency sound waves into the body using a special transducer. Unlike X-rays, ultrasound does not expose you to radiation.

General Preparation Instructions for Ultrasound Scan:

  1. To confirm your appointment 48 hours in advance.
  2. To arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time.
  3. To bring along all your recent radiological films and reports.

Special Preparation Instruction for specific Ultrasound Scan examination:

1. Ultrasound Breasts

  • No fasting required.
  • Special instruction post-COVID vaccination: It is recommended to postpone the scan to at least 6 weeks after COVID-19 vaccination (if indicated).
2. Ultrasound Abdomen
  • Fast for a minimum of 4 hours prior to the scan.
  • Can drink plain water.
  • Examples of organs examined on an abdominal ultrasound include liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas and kidneys.
3. Ultrasound Pelvis
  • To drink plenty of plain water to fill up your bladder prior to the scan.
  • Full bladder is required prior to scan.
  • Examples of organs examined on a pelvic ultrasound include:
    • For Female: ovaries, uterus, bladder;
    • For Male: bladder, prostate gland