Ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) produces images by generating high-frequency sound waves. A transducer placed on your skin, with warm gel, sends and receives sound waves into the body which produces grayscale echoes. These echoes produce images of the internal structure’s shape and size. The process is completely free of radiation or harmful side effects. Exam times range from 30 minutes to 60 minutes based on the organs to be evaluated.

Once you have an order from your doctor, please call Imaging Healthcare Specialists at (858) 658-6500 to schedule your ultrasound at one of our 10 San Deigo area locations.


When preparing for an ultrasound examination

For Pregnancy or Pelvic Examinations

  • You may eat normally
  • Your bladder must be full for this examination. Drink at least 16-20 ounces of liquid one hour prior to your examination
  • Please do not urinate until after your examination is completed. If you are very uncomfortable, please notify our staff when you arrive
  • Allow 30 minutes for pelvic exams and 75 minutes for OB exams

Abdominal Examinations

  • Please avoid food and drinks for 6-8 hours before your abdominal ultrasound.
  • Allow 30 minutes for the examination.

Kidney Examination

  • Drink 20 ounces of water one full hour before your examination.

Examination of any other part of the body

  • No special preparation is required.

Contact Imaging Healthcare Specialists

To schedule your ultrasound, please call our diagnostic imaging center at (858) 658-6500. The radiologists at Imaging Healthcare Specialists have more than 30 years in reading ultrasound images. We service the greater San Diego area including Oceanside, Poway, La Jolla, San Diego and Chula Vista.

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