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Ultrasound - Genitourinary

Renal (Kidneys)

Ultrasound evaluation of both kidneys and the bladder is performed. There is no prep for this exam. This exam usually takes 30-45 minutes.

Female Pelvis

Ultrasound evaluation of the uterus, cervix and ovaries is performed. Also used to evaluate early pregnancy. This exam requires a very full bladder. The patient must drink 32 oz of fluid 1 hour prior to the exam and not empty the bladder in order to fill the bladder entirely. Often, at the radiologists discretion, a transvaginal ultrasound will be performed along with the pelvic ultrasound. Transvaginal ultrasound imaging is sometimes needed to optimize imaging or give a better view.

Male Pelvis

Ultrasound of the male pelvis can be used to view the bladder and the prostate gland. This exam requires a very full bladder. The patient must drink 32 oz of fluid 1 hour prior to the exam and not empty the bladder in order to fill the bladder entirely. Transrectal prostate exams are sometimes ordered to view the prostate gland most optimally.

Scrotum / Testicular

Testicular ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the testicles and the epididymis. Color Doppler/flow analysis is used for suspected torsion or infection. There is no prep for this exam.