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Guidelines for Ultrasound Preparation

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Pelvis

Patients should drink water or clear juices 30 to 60 minutes prior to examination and not void. Recommended fluid intake:

Infant-2 years:
Bottle

2-6 years:
2 glasses or 16 ounces if possible

6-12 years:
3 glasses or 24 ounces if possible

12 years and older:
4 glasses or 32 ounces if possible
(The bladder will have to be catheterized and filled with sterile water if the patient cannot drink.)

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Neck and Thyroid

It may be advantageous to feed infants prior to the procedure to minimize patient irritability.

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Gall Bladder and Biliary Tract

Fat-free meal the evening before, nothing by mouth after midnight.

Infants: nothing by mouth for 4 hours before examination.

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Pancreas

Nothing by mouth after midnight.

Infants: Nothing by mouth for 4 hours before the examination.

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