Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. As sound passes through the body it produces echoes, which can identify distance, size and shape of structures inside.

The ultrasound technologist will use an ultrasound probe with a conductive gel that is moved over the skin in the path of the vessel or organ being studied.  

Show up 30 minutes before your appointment to register. If you arrive late, your appointment may be rescheduled.

Once the examination is completed, no further action is necessary except for biopsies where you must be accompanied home. The radiologist will interpret the results which will be sent to the referring physician and your family physician. The results may also be available on the Patient Portal.

Abdominal Ultrasound (liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, aorta and spleen)

Instructions: Do not eat nor drink, starting at midnight or for at least six hours prior to the exam.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pelvic Ultrasound (uterus, ovaries and bladder)

Instructions: Drink one litre (4 cups) of water, one hour before the exam. It is important not to urinate once you have started drinking

Duration: 30 minutes

Abdominal and pelvic ultrasounds

Instructions: You must not eat nor drink for 6 hours before your exam. Drink one litre (4 cups) of water, one hour before the exam. It is important not to urinate once you have started drinking.

Duration: 60 minutes

Viability (Dating)

Viability ultrasound is used to confirm the presence of embryos, the number of live embryos, ensure their proper location and confirm accurate dating.

Instructions: Drink one litre (4 cups) of water one hour before the examination.  It is important not to urinate once you have started drinking.

Duration: 30 minutes

Follow-up: The radiologist will interpret the results, which will be sent to the referring physician and your family physician. Results will not be available on the Patient portal.

Nuchal translucency, IPS

Nuchal translucency is an ultrasound measurement of the subcutaneous space between the skin and the cervical spine of the fetus. Nuchal translucency measurement is used as a marker for the detection of congenital anomalies.

Instructions: Drink one litre (4 cups) of water one hour before the examination.  It is important not to urinate once you have started drinking.

Duration: 30 minutes

Follow-up: The radiologist will interpret the results, which will be sent to the referring physician and your family physician. Results will not be available on the Patient portal.

Morphology

The second ultrasound of pregnancy, called morphological ultrasound, is an important step in the monitoring of pregnancy because it allows the detection of possible fetal malformations. For the parents, it is also the moment of discovery of the baby's sex.

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 45 minutes

Follow-up: The radiologist will interpret the results, which will be sent to the referring physician and your family physician. Results will not be available on the Patient portal.

Biophysical profile (BPP)/Growth/AFI

A biophysical profile includes ultrasound monitoring of fetal movement, fetal tone, and fetal breathing, ultrasound assessment of fluid volume with or without assessment of fetal heart rate.

Instructions: No preparation necessary

Duration: 30 minutes

Follow-up: The radiologist will interpret the results, which will be sent to the referring physician and your family physician. Results will not be available on the Patient portal.

Doppler of legs and arms

This examination studies blood circulation in the veins. It is used to detect blood clots in deep veins. Therefore, it is used to detect deep phlebitis.

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 30 minutes

Carotid Doppler

 This examination consists of studying the blood flow in the arteries of the neck.

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 30 minutes

Sonohysterography

This examination involves injecting a saline solution in the uterine cavity before examining it by means of a transvaginal ultrasound.  

Instructions: Drink one litre (4 cups) of water, one hour before the exam. It is important not to urinate once you have started drinking.

Duration: 30 minutes

Bowel Ultrasound

This examination is used to assess inflammatory bowel disease (e.g., Crohn’s).

Instructions: You must fast 6 hours before your exam. Drink one litre (4 cups) of water, one hour before the exam. It is important not to urinate once you have started drinking.

Duration: 60 minutes

Breast Ultrasound

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 20 minutes

Testicular/Scrotal Ultrasound

This examination is used to assess problems related to the testicles and surrounding area. It is performed when a patient has pain or swelling in the scrotum, or when a tumor has been detected by the patient or physician, or in the event of an injury to the scrotal region. 

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 30 minutes

Thyroid Gland Ultrasound

This examination makes it possible to visualize the thyroid and detect the presence of nodules by moving an ultrasound sensor along the neck.

Instructions: No preparation necessary.

Duration: 30 minutes

Prostate Biopsy

A perineal prostate biopsy involves removing several small pieces of prostate tissue by passing through the skin of the perineum, which is the area between the anus and the scrotum.

Instructions: You must take antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. You must not take aspirin, anticoagulants (blood thinners) or anti-inflammatories 7 days before the procedure. You must also confirm with your physician if you can stop your medication 10 days before the examination. Do a Fleet® enema one hour before leaving for the appointment. You may eat before the examination. Lastly, make arrangements for someone to bring you home, as you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Breast Biopsy

Instructions: You may eat before the examination. You must not take aspirin, anticoagulants (blood-thinners) or anti-inflammatories 7 days before the procedure. You must also confirm with your physician if you can stop your medication 10 days before the examination. You must wear a support bra. Lastly, make arrangements for someone to bring you home, as you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Thyroid Gland Biopsy

Instructions: You may eat before the examination. You must not take aspirin, anticoagulants (blood-thinners) or anti-inflammatories 7 days before the procedure. You must also confirm with your physician if you can stop your medication 7 days before the examination. Lastly, make arrangements for someone to bring you home, as you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Abdominal Biopsy

Instructions: You must not eat nor drink for 4 hours before the procedure. You must not take aspirin, anticoagulants (blood-thinners) or anti-inflammatories 7 days before the procedure. You must also confirm with your physician if you can stop your medication 7 days before the examination. Come to registration at 7:30 a.m. If you arrive late, your exam may be rescheduled. You will be admitted into the Medical Day Unit for 4 hours. Lastly, make arrangements for someone to bring you home, as you will not be allowed to drive after the procedure. 

Duration: 30 minutes

Additional Notes

This service is also available at the Orléans Health Hub.


Patients with an appointment will receive 
an automated reminder by phone, up to
5 days prior to their appointment. 


This service requires a medical referral from your physician.


Coordinates

Registration: room 1B164

Please have your Health card ready for the registration.

Email: rendezvousimagerie@montfort.on.ca