Ultrasound Imaging is a non-invasive medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images of your organs, vessels, and tissues. Ultrasound is very safe, is not painful and uses no radiation. For this reason, it is the preferred method for viewing a developing fetus during pregnancy.
Patient preparation differs depending on which part of the body is being examined. Please make sure to follow the prep instructions below. If you have not prepped properly we may not be able to complete your exam and you may have to reschedule your appointment.
Diagnostic Ultrasound is offered by appointment at our 5732 Victoria Drive location. A referral is required from your doctor.
02 Exam Prep
Make sure to bring your doctors referral and your BC Services Card with you. Please shower on the day of your appointment and refrain from wearing scented products. For your own comfort please wear clothing that can easily be moved out of the way or removed if necessary. For some exams you will be given a gown to change into.
Do not eat or drink from 10pm the night before your exam. If you are also having a pelvic or renal exam please do not eat or drink from 10pm and follow the additional preparation indicated below.
Pelvic or Obstetric Ultrasound below 14 weeks
A full bladder is essential. To fill your bladder, go to the washroom 2 hours before your exam. Drink four large glasses (32 oz./1 liter) of water and do not go to the washroom again until after your appointment. Please finish drinking one hour before your appointment and only drink water as carbonated beverages or milk may interfere with your exam findings.
Obstetric Exams over 14 weeks
A full bladder is essential. To fill your bladder, go to the washroom 1 hour before your exam. Drink two large glasses (16 oz./500ml) of water and do not go to the washroom again until after your appointment.
Renal (Kidney & Bladder) Ultrasound
A full bladder is essential. To fill your bladder, go to the washroom 2 hours before your exam. Drink three large glasses (24 oz./750ml) of water and do not go to the washroom again until after your appointment. Please finish drinking one hour before your appointment and only drink water as carbonated beverages or milk may interfere with your exam findings.
On the day of the examination, do not apply deodorant, body powder or other material on your underarms or around the breasts. Wear clothing that can be easily removed from the waist up. You will be given a gown to wear during the examination.
- 1Do I need a requisition/referral from my Doctor?
Yes, you will need a requisition/referral from your Doctor for all Ultrasound exams.
- 2Do I need to book an appointment?
Yes. All Ultrasound exams require an appointment. Please call our clinic at 604.321.6774 to book your appointment.
- 3How long will my exam take?
Ultrasound exams can range from a few minutes to an hour depending on the type of exam needed.
- 4Will the Sonographer tell me what they saw during my exam?
Our Sonographers are registered and are specially trained to perform your exam but only Radiologists are qualified to interpret your results. For this reason, the Sonographer cannot discuss what they see with you. Once the scan has been reported by one of our Radiologists the results will be sent to your referring Doctor.
- 5Will you give me a copy of my results?
We do not provide results to patients directly. Your Doctor will receive a report within 2 business days, you can then request a copy from their office.
- 6When will my Doctor get the report?
The Radiologists’ report is usually sent to your Doctor by the end of the day. Urgent results will be phoned or faxed to your Doctor as soon as possible.
- 7Can I see what's on the screen?
While the Sonographer is scanning they will not be able to turning the screen towards you.
- 8What should I wear to my Ultrasound appointment?
For your own comfort please wear clothing that can easily be moved out of the way or removed if necessary. For some exams you will be provided with a gown to change into.
- 9I'm having an Obstetrical Ultrasound, can my Partner come into the exam room with me?
Obstetric patients may bring one adult guest with them to their appointment. As before the pandemic, the guest will only be invited to enter the exam room once the fetal measurements have been completed. Please note, the guest must wait outside the clinic until called. Please do not bring children to your appointment as we are still limiting the number of people in the clinic at any one time and we do not have space to accommodate them.
- 10I have mobility issues, can I still come to Greig Associates?
If you are concerned about your mobility affecting your examination please call ahead. Some accommodations can be made but in general all patients must be able to:
- transfer themselves to the scanning bed unassisted.
- follow directions and communicate with the Sonographer and Clerical Staff.
If your mobility or health issue would make it difficult for you to meet these requirements we recommend you book your exam at one of the hospitals as the Hospital Radiology Departments will have access to hoists, slides and other equipment needed to ensure your safety during the exam.
- 11My relative does not speak English, what can we do to help prepare them for an Ultrasound?
If possible, come to the appointment with your relative to help with translation. If there is no one who can assist in translating you can help your relative by making sure they have followed the necessary exam prep and by going over the points below;
- Ensure your relative brings their BC Services Card / Care Card and referral paper. If their Doctor has faxed the paper to us, please call in advance to ensure we have it.
- Ensure your relative understands they will need to present their BC Services Card to both the administrative staff at check in, and to the Sonographer to confirm identity before having their Ultrasound.
- Ensure your relative knows what body part is having an Ultrasound and that they may need to remove their clothing and wear a medical gown.