*All Ultrasound exams require a physician's referral and an appointment. Ultrasound fees are covered by RAMQ (Medicare).
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Details about Ultrasound
Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves that bounce off tissues and organs to form a multi-dimensional image that helps detect diseases and damaged tissue, locate abnormal growths, and detect a range of health conditions.
The QEHC’s team of radiologists and technologists specialize in medical imaging procedures like ultrasound ensuring that examinations are expertly conducted and interpreted in compliance with the highest standards.
Patients benefit from rapid reporting, with results sent directly to their referring physician.
What to expect from ultrasound
Most ultrasound examinations take from 10 to 20 minutes.
During an ultrasound, the patient will lie on their back on an examination table that can tilt and move to accommodate the image required. A clear, water-based gel is applied to the skin to facilitate contact. The technician presses a wand against the skin, moving over the area of interest to create images of the inside of the body. This process is pain-free.
How to prepare for Ultrasound
Ultrasounds are used for a wide range of procedures, so preparation will depend on the type of examination:
- Abdomen: For morning appointment, fast from midnight. For afternoon appointment, fast for 6 hours before the exam.
- Abdomen & Pelvis: Fast for 6 hours before the ultrasound examination. Finish drinking 1 litre of water 1 hour before the examination. Do not void the bladder after drinking water.
- Pelvis: Finish drinking 1 litre of water 1 hour before the examination. Do not void the bladder after drinking water.
- Breast: No preparation necessary, patients are asked to bring their most recent mammograms to their appointment.
- All other examinations: No preparation needed.