Preparing for Ultrasound Studies
For studies of the abdomen
Birth to 1 year: Nothing by mouth for 4 hours prior to
1-18 years: Nothing by mouth if morning appointment;
Nothing by mouth for 6 hours prior to the exam if afternoon
For studies of the pelvis
All ages need to drink large amounts of fluid beginning at least
30 minutes before exam. Patients should not urinate for at least
30 minutes prior to exam.
For studies of the kidneys
Patients should drink as normal. If there is a specific concern
about the bladder, such as incontinence or frequency of
urination, then the child should drink large amounts of fluids
at least 30 minutes prior to exam.
All other types of ultrasounds do not require any special