What A person Experiences, what to expect during an Ultrasound study
- Patient preparation involves removing any articles of clothing or jewellery surrounding the area to be imaged. In some cases, the patient may be asked to wear a patient gown.
- The patient is positioned by the technologist on an examination table. A clear gel (which helps “connect” the ultrasound transducer to the skin) is applied to the area to be examined, for example the abdomen.
- The clinician then brings the transducer into contact with the skin and sweeps it back and forth to image the area of interest (e.g the fetal baby). The patient is simply required to relax and stay calm during the examination.
- The clinician will ask the patient to get dressed and wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed, either on film or a TV monitor. In many cases, the technologist or physician reviews the ultrasound images in real time as they are acquired.
- After the ultrasound images are reviewed, the patient will be released from the imaging centre. In some cases, more images will need to be taken. For more information see “what happens during a diagnostic imaging examination?”
Should any unforeseen abnormality be found while scanning your muscles; you would be informed of this and advised to visit your GP or referring doctor.