Ultrasound

What you need to know

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Preparing for your visit

Make sure that you have your requisition form and your health card with you. Learn More

Preparing for your visit

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To book an appointment please ask your family doctor to fill out and send a referral form and fax it to the clinic. Our fax number is 416-962-9653.


1. Obstetrical and Pelvic:

An hour before you arrive at your appointment, drink one (1) litre or four (4) 8 oz. glasses of water. Do not urinate for one hour prior to your appointment because a full bladder is required so that your organs can be seen clearly in the image during the exam.


2. Abdominal:

Do not eat for eight (8) hours prior to the examination. Water or clear liquids are permitted. Please note, this does not include required medications. They should be taken as normal. Fasting is required in order to reduce the production of abdominal gas and to increase the visibility of abdominal organs.


3. Combined Abdominal and Pelvic 

Patients are required to have both an empty stomach and a full bladder. Do not eat eight (8) hours prior to the examination. This does not include the required medications. They should be taken as normal. Fasting is required in order to reduce the production of abdominal gas and to increase the visibility of abdominal organs. Please drink one (1) litre or four (4) 8 oz. glasses of water one hour prior to your appointment. Do not urinate for one hour prior to your appointment as a full bladder is essential to optimal visibility during the exam.

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During your Visit

We make it a priority to ensure that you are at ease during your ultrasound exam. Learn More

During your Visit

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Once you receive your requisition form from your doctor, call us to book an appointment. When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, the first step is to complete registration at the front desk. Remember to bring your health card for your visit. 


What to expect?

We offer private change rooms and a comfortable gown to change into. You may be asked to remove your jewellery. 

One of our friendly sonographers will take you to the exam room and position you on a cushioned exam table. A warm, water-based gel will be applied to your skin to help improve the quality of the pictures, and a small handheld probe will be moved over the area of interest. 

An ultrasound is typically painless unless you are already experiencing pain or tenderness in the area being examined.

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After your Visit

Once the exam is complete, your doctor’s office will contact you with the results. Learn More

After your Visit

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Once the exam is complete, your doctor’s office will contact you with the results.

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What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to form images of the body's internal organs and tissues. The sound waves are transmitted into your body using a small handheld probe and converted into an image or video for display on a computer.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real time, which means that the movement of organs, babies and even blood flow can be visualized and assessed.

Ultrasounds can be used to assess many structures in the body, some of which include (but are not limited to):

  • Abdominal organs (liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach)
  • Pelvic organs (kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries)
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Scrotum (testicles)
  • Breasts
  • Arteries and veins
  • Obstetrics (all stages of a developing pregnancy including Nuchal translucency genetic screening exam)
  • Appendix and hernias
  • Heart

Our qualified Medical Sonographers perform a range of ultrasound examinations including:

  • General – abdomen, pelvic and endovaginal, pelvic, kidney, hernia assessment
  • Small parts – thyroid, salivary glands, neck, scrotum, soft tissue masses
  • Obstetric – dating, nuchal translucency (11-14 weeks), detailed second trimester anatomic survey (18-20 weeks), third trimester scan for fetal growth, biophysical profile (BPP)
  • Musculoskeletal – muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and other soft tissue components of the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions.
  • Breast Imaging
  • Vascular - carotid, venous and arterial doppler assessment, renal doppler
  • Interventional - ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration thyroid biopsy