What to Expect During a Bladder Ultrasound
What is a Bladder Ultrasound and How is it performed?
A bladder ultrasound is a simple procedure that takes an image of the inside of the bladder, as well as the contents of it by using high-frequency sound waves transmitted through a transducer. This procedure is performed the same way in which many other ultrasounds are. A bladder ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure and not painful. It is performed by a sonographer who will put a clear gel on the patients’ lower abdomen between the belly button and pelvis, then the ultrasound technician will firmly press a transducer that will emit high-frequency sound waves. The way the sound waves bounce off of the patient’s body will create readable images that will allow doctors to detect information about the condition of the patient’s bladder.
What is the Purpose of Having a Bladder Ultrasound?
Many people have bladder ultrasounds in order to detect a urinary tract infection (UTI), to monitor catheters, and other bladder problems, such as difficulty urinating, urinary incontinence, and pain when urinating. It can also show the internal structure of the bladder, abnormalities, and any unusual contents of the bladder such as blockages or stones.
What Do I Need to Do to Prepare for my Bladder Ultrasound?
Bladder ultrasound preparation is extremely minimal. Your ultrasound technician will let you know whether you need a full or empty bladder during your test. If you need to have a full bladder your doctor may ask you to drink many glasses of water before the test. If your bladder needs to be empty your ultrasound technician will simply ask you to use the restroom before your exam. If you have trouble keeping your bladder full, you may be asked to empty your bladder about an hour before your exam and then drink water once you get to the radiologist’s office so that the test can be done immediately after your bladder is filled. Therefore allowing you to not have to hold your urine as long.
How Will I Get my Bladder Ultrasound Results?
After a radiologist reviews the images from your exam, you will be notified of the results one day up to a week after the ultrasound. If there are any abnormalities or other concerns your doctor may order more tests to be performed to take a deeper look into your bladder.
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