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Basic Ultrasounds

AbdominalWomen PelvicMen PelvicChildren and Teenaagers PelvicPopliteal FossaParotid GlandThyroid GlandBreastSuperficial

Abdominal

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Examine the spleen, liver, gallbladder, kidneys and pancreas along with the important membranes, canals and blood vessels located in the abdominal area;
  • Determine the size and shape of the organs examined;
  • Detect cysts, polyps, calculus, masses, ascites, dilated spaces or canals, wall thickenings, deformations, aneurysms or any other signs of abdominal pathology, and determine their size and shape.

How is the procedure performed?

The sonographer will ask you to remove your clothing from the waist up, to put on a gown and to lie on your back on an examination table. He or she will then apply a warm gel to your abdomen before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. You could experience some discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against certain areas to capture images. Any discomfort is minimal and temporary. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the abdominal ultrasound:

You must not eat, drink or smoke for eight hours before the examination. Drinking water is permitted and medication may be taken, if necessary.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 30 minutes

Visit our section to learn more about abdominal ultrasound to find more information.

Women Pelvic

gynecology img-pelvienne femmeSuprapubic and endovaginal (unless otherwise specified)

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Examine the uterus, ovaries and bladder;
  • Determine the size and shape of the organs examined;
  • Detect cysts, polyps, masses, ascites, postmictional residues, deformations, endometrial thickening or any other signs of pelvic pathology, and determine their size and location.
  • Evaluate the endometrium;
  • Visualize follicular activity: measure and count ovarian follicles;
  • Locate an intrauterine device (IUD).

How is the procedure performed?

The sonographer will ask you to lie on your back on an examination table and to remove any clothing from your abdominal area. He or she will then protect your clothes with a cloth and will apply a warm gel to your abdomen before pressing the transducer. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs. In some cases, an endovaginal ultrasound has to be done, wherein a special kind of ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina. This technique reveals more detailed images of the fetus, uterus and ovaries. You will first need to empty your bladder, remove your clothing from the waist down and assume a position similar to the one used for a pelvic exam. Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. You could experience some discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against certain areas to capture images, especially when the bladder is full. Any discomfort is minimal and temporary. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the pelvic ultrasound:

Your bladder should be full, enough to experience discomfort. You must finish drinking 1 litre of water one hour before your appointment time. Do not urinate until after your exam is completed.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 40 minutes

Visit our section to learn more about Women Pelvic Ultrasound to find more information.

Men Pelvic

gynecology img-pelvienne hommeSuprapubic only

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Examine the bladder and prostate;
  • Determine the size and shape of the organs examined;
  • Detect masses, ascites, postmictional residues, deformations, or any other signs of pelvic pathology, and determine their size and location.

How is the procedure performed?

The examination consists of two parts. You need a full bladder for the first part, then an empty bladder to finish. The sonographer will ask you to lie on your back on an examination table and to remove any clothing from your abdominal area. He or she will then protect your clothes with a cloth and will apply a warm gel to your abdomen before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. You could experience some discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against certain areas to capture images, especially when the bladder is full. Any discomfort is minimal and temporary. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparation for the pelvic ultrasound:

Bladder must be full, enough to experience discomfort. You must finish drinking 1 litre of water one hour before your appointment time. Do not urinate until after your exam is completed.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 30 minutes

Visit our section to learn more about Men Pelvic Ultrasound to find more information.

Children and Teenagers Pelvic

Suprapubic only for girls and boys

Reasons for the ultrasound – Girls:

  • Examine the uterus, ovaries and bladder;
  • Determine the size and shape of the organs examined;
  • Detect cysts, polyps, masses, ascites, postmictional residues, deformations, thickenings or any other signs of pelvic pathology, and determine their size and location.
  • Evaluate the endometrium.

Reasons for the ultrasound – Boys:

  • Examine the bladder and prostate;
  • Determine the size and shape of the organs examined;
  • Detect cysts, masses, ascites, postmictional residues, deformations or any other signs of pelvic pathology, and determine their size and location.

How is the procedure performed?

The examination consists of two parts. You need a full bladder for the first part, then an empty bladder to finish. The sonographer will ask you to lie on your back on an examination table and to remove any clothing from your abdominal area. He or she will then protect your clothes with a cloth and will apply a warm gel to your abdomen before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. You could experience some discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against certain areas to capture images, especially when the bladder is full. Any discomfort is minimal and temporary. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the pelvic ultrasound:

Your bladder should be full, enough to experience discomfort. You must finish drinking 1 litre of water one hour before your appointment time. Do not urinate until after your exam is completed.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 30 minutes

Popliteal Fossa

The popliteal fossa is the space behind the knee.

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Detect cysts, nodules or abnormal masses, and determine their size and location;
  • Detect vascular abnormalities.

How is the procedure performed?

The sonographer will ask you to remove any clothing from the area being examined or, if necessary, to remove your clothing from the waist down, and to lie on your stomach or your side on an examination table. He or she will then apply a warm gel to the area being examined before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the popliteal fossa ultrasound : No preparation is required.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 20 minutes

Parotid Gland

echo generales img-parotideThe parotid is one of the salivary glands. It is located between the muscles and the skin, at the back of the jaw, near the ear.

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Examine the parotid gland and its spaces, and determine their size and shape;
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  • Detect ganglions, cysts, abnormal masses, thickenings, deformations or any other signs of pelvic pathology, and determine their size and/or location.

How is the procedure performed?

The sonographer will ask you to lie on your back on an examination table. He or she will then apply a warm gel to the area being examined before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the parotid gland ultrasound : No preparation is required.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 20 minutes

Thyroid Gland

Ultrasound is commonly used to study this gland, which is located in the anterior portion of the neck. The thyroid gland is made up of two lobes separated by the isthmus.

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Study the size and shape of the thyroid gland and the cervical region.
  • Detect cysts, nodules, ganglions, abnormal masses, deformations or any other signs of thyroid pathology and determine their size and/or location.

How is the procedure performed?

The sonographer will ask you to lie on your back on an examination table. He or she will then apply a warm gel to the area being examined before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the thyroid gland ultrasound : No preparation is required.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 30 minutes

Breast

echo generales img-seinsBreast ultrasound is performed on women, men and children.

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Examine the shape of the breast tissue;
  • Detect cysts, nodules, abnormal ganglions, abnormal masses, deformations or any other signs of mammary pathology, and determine their size, solid or liquid nature and location.

How is the procedure performed :

The sonographer will ask you to remove your clothing from the waist up, to put on a gown and to lie on your back on an examination table. He or she will then apply a warm gel to the chest before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the breast ultrasound: No preparation is required.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration:

  • 1 breast = 30 minutes
  • 2 breast = 40 minutes

Superficial

echo generales img-surfaceA superficial ultrasound is done when the area being examined is located beneath the skin, at a non-precise location.

Reasons for the ultrasound:

  • Detect, track or confirm the presence of masses, cysts, hemangiomia, hematoma, lipoma, ganglions, etc.;
  • Examine their shape, nature, size and location, and detect any signs of pathology.

How is the procedure performed :

The sonographer will ask you to remove any clothing from the area being examined, to put on a gown and, if necessary, to lie on your back, on your stomach or your side on an examination table. He or she will then apply a warm gel to the area being examined before pressing the transducer against your skin. This probe produces sound waves which are used to view the body’s internal organs.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real-time on a monitor that the sonographer watches while moving the transducer. You can also see the images.

What will I experience?

Ultrasound examinations are painless. The sonographer ensures that the patient is as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for the superficial ultrasound :  No preparation is required.

Please note that a completed requisition form from your doctor or midwife is required at the time of your appointment. Otherwise, we cannot proceed.

Duration : 20 à 30 minutes