26-34 Dr. Rupert Indar Snr. Street, San Fernando. +868 652 4535 / 2064

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Southern Medical Imaging Centre is the most Advanced Imaging Centre in the Caribbean.

Ultrasound Scans

General diagnostic ultrasound is used by all radiologists to obtain diagnostic and function information related to organs in your body. In an ultrasound procedure, high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are transmitted to tissues or organs and make echoes.

The echo patterns -- interpreted by a computer -- create a visual image (sonogram) of the tissues and organs under examination. Most ultrasound images are obtained by gently pressing and rolling a handheld transducer (probe) over areas of the body with a warm gel utilised to improve sound wave propagation.

Here are some areas where Ultrasound is used

  • Gynaecological organs – Ovaries, Uterus
  • Abdomen - Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen
  • Breasts
  • Male Organs - Testicles, Prostate
  • Neck - Thyroid glands
  • Kidneys, Bladder
  • Eyes
  • Blood Vessels – Arteries and Veins
  • Pregnancy - Obstetrical ultrasound is used to obtain images and corresponding measurements to measure growth and evaluate the anatomic and physiological characteristics of the developing fetus.
The Ultrasound Department performs a variety of routine and specialised sonographic procedures. In addition to the full range of standard procedures, the department offers exams such as image-guided biopsy procedures, endovaginal examinations. No ionizing radiation is employed. Therefore, the technology is safe and is frequently used in pregnancy and children.

Preparation for your Ultrasound Scan

General Diagnostic Ultrasound
Eat a fat-free dinner the night before your exam, but do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
A small amount of clear liquid may be taken with oral medication if needed before your appointment. Morning appointments are recommended.
No preparation is required for hernia ultrasound.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register for your test.
Plan for about 30 minutes to complete your exam.

Renal (Kidney) Ultrasound
Finish drinking 2 glasses (16 ounces total) of water one hour prior to your appointment time.
Do not empty your bladder prior to the exam.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register for your test.
Plan for about 20 minutes to complete your exam. Renal vascular ultrasound examinations may take up to 1 hour.

Obstetrical Ultrasound
Plan for 30 minutes to 1 hour while the sonographer gathers important information about you and your baby.
Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to register for your test.
You may eat as you normally would before and after your examination and return to your usual or recommended activities after your exam.

For exam in the first trimester (first 12 weeks)
A full bladder is essential for adequate visualization of the fetus at this early stage.
Please finish drinking 4 (32 ounces total) glasses of water one hour prior to your appointment time. If your bladder is not filled, your exam may be delayed or rescheduled.
Do not empty your bladder prior to exam.
Transvaginal ultrasound examination may be necessary to adequately image the fetus. The need for transvaginal imaging will be determined by the radiologist during your ultrasound examination.

For exam in the second trimester (13 to 20 weeks)
No preparation is usually required, but a partially filled bladder is preferred.
You may be asked to drink some water for better visualization of your cervix and/or placenta during your appointment.
Do not empty your bladder prior to exam.

For exam in the third trimester (21 weeks to term)
No preparation is usually required.
You may be asked to drink some water for better visualization of your cervix and/or placenta during your appointment.
Do not empty your bladder prior to exam.