How safe is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a safe procedure, which only makes use of low powered sound waves. There are no known risks, which is why Antenatal ultrasound scans are in fact the safest way to examine a developing unborn baby without exposing the mother or baby to any radiation. It is also generally painless and does not require needles, injections or incisions. Patients are not exposed to ionizing radiation and are relatively safer than X-Rays and C.T. Scanning.
What preparation do I need to do before my Ultrasound Scan?
Most of the ultrasound examinations do not require any preparation. However, patients undergoing an abdominal scan shouldn’t eat or a minimum of six hours prior to the examination, patients undergoing a pelvic examination require a full bladder for the examination and need to drink a minimum of six standard glasses of water to minimise the waiting times for the bladder to fill up. Also, patients undergoing the transrectal prostate ultrasound examination get to be given a special preparation slip that will ensure the success of the examination.