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Ultrasound

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An ultrasound, also called a sonogram, uses sound waves to produce images of soft tissues inside the body. Sound waves move through the body and based on the frequency, the signals are translated into images on a computer. Ultrasound can also be used for a tissue or fluid biopsy.

Our team at Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging provides compassionate patient care and high-quality imaging in convenient suburban locations. Using the most advanced technology and equipment, our highly trained radiologists and imaging technologists tailor each exam to your specific needs and diagnosis.

 

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How do I prepare for an Ultrasound?

  • Based on your medical condition, your health care provider may require other specific preparations.

  • EAT/DRINK:

    A.M. appointment: Nothing to eat or drink from midnight the evening before until after the examination. Patient may take medications with a small amount of water.

    P.M. appointment: Clear liquid breakfast (no milk) before 9 a.m. Do not eat or drink anything after breakfast. Patients may take medications with a small amount of water.

  • EAT/DRINK:

    Patients should eat a meal one hour prior to appointment, preferably with carbohydrates.

    Patients who are having both a biophysical profile study in addition to an obstetric ultrasound are required to follow both preparations.

  • EAT/DRINK:

    A.M. appointment: Nothing to eat or drink from twelve midnight the evening before until after the examination. Patient may take medications with a small amount of water.

    P.M. appointment: Clear liquid breakfast (no milk) before 9 a.m. Do not eat or drink anything after breakfast. Patients may take medications with a small amount of water.

  • EAT/DRINK: Drink 24-36 ounces of fluid at least one hour before the appointment. Do not urinate until after the exam.

  • EAT/DRINK: Drink 24-36 ounces of fluid at least one hour before the appointment. Do not urinate until after the exam.

  • EAT/DRINK:

    Drink 24 ounces of fluid at least one hour before the appointment. Do not urinate until after the exam.

  • EAT/DRINK:

    A.M. appointment: Nothing to eat or drink from midnight the evening before until after the examination. Patient may take medications with a small amount of water.

    P.M. appointment: Clear liquid breakfast (no milk) before 9 a.m. Do not eat or drink anything after breakfast. Patients may take medications with a small amount of water.

  • EAT/DRINK: Drink 24 ounces of fluid at least one hour before the appointment. Do not urinate until after the exam.

  • No specific preparation is needed.

  • No specific preparation is needed.

    1. You will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry that may interfere with the exam. If you are asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.
    2. You will lie on an exam table on your back, side or stomach, depending on the specific area to be examined.
    3. Ultrasound gel is placed on the area of the body that is being examined.
  • There is typically no special type of care following an ultrasound. However, your health care provider may give you additional instructions depending on your specific health condition.

 
 

Why Choose Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging?

Johns Hopkins Medical Imaging brings the world-class expertise of Johns Hopkins to your community. Why does expertise matter? Because you matter. Here is how we do it:
  • Physician Experts

    We set the standard for other radiologists around the world.

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  • #1 Radiology Department

    We are the top-ranked radiology department by U.S. News and World Report.

  • State-of-the-Art Technology

    Doing the right study with high quality increases accuracy.

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  • Your Safety Is Always Our Priority

    We take comprehensive safety measures to minimize any possible risk.

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  • Specialty Technologists

    Our dedicated staff work in their exclusive fields and are trained to the same high standards.

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    We’re here to make you feel safe and comfortable during your appointment.

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