Exam Preparation

Valence

Before your scheduled appointment, please remember to:

  1. Bring a valid Ontario Health Card or VISA, Mastercard or Debit.

  2. Bring a signed requisition by a registered physician or designated healthcare provider.

  3. Bring a list of your medications, if applicable.

  4. Arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to register – late arrivals may require rescheduling your appointment.

Please notify the clinic at least 24 hours before your scheduled appointment, if you need to cancel or change it.​

Preparing for your specific exam:

Ultrasounds Adults

ABDOMEN

  • This exam requires the patient to have an empty stomach.

  • DO NOT eat or drink anything 12 hours prior to your examination.

  • Includes studies of the pancreas, gall bladder, spleen, liver, kidneys and aorta.

PELVIC

  • This exam requires the patient to have a full bladder.
  • Finish drinking 32 ounces or 1 litre (4 cups) of water/fluid 1 hour prior to your appointment. Acceptable fluids include coffee, tea, juice, and water. DO NOT drink milk. Do not go to the washroom before your examination.
  • Includes studies of uterus, ovaries, bladder, G.U. tract, and pregnancy (obstetrical/nuchal translucency).

ABDOMEN & PELVIC

  • DO NOT eat anything 12 hours prior to examination. Finish drinking 32 ounces or 1 litre of water ONLY one hour before your examination. Do not go to the washroom before your examination.

RENAL

  • DO NOT eat or drink for 3 hours before your appointment.

RENAL & BLADDER

  • DO NOT eat anything 12 hours prior to examination. Finish drinking 32 ounces or 1 litre of water ONLY one hour before your examination. Do not go to the washroom before your examination.

PROSTATE WITH TRANSRECTAL

  • Take A FLEET ENEMA 2 hours before the examination (purchase at pharmacy). Eat an early, light dinner the date before the examination. DO NOT eat or drink after midnight the night before the examination. Finish drinking 32 ounces or 1 litre (4 cups) of water 1 hour before the appointment. DO NOT go to the washroom before the examination.

  • For PROSTATE ONLY examinations, do not take laxatives

OBSTETRIC

  • Finish drinking 32 oz (1 litre) of water 1 hour before your appointment. Do not empty your bladder before the examination.

ULTRASOUND - Children Ages 0-12 Years

ABDOMEN

  • Under 2 Years: No eating or drinking for 2 hours before your appointment (children can drink some water).

  • Ages 2-4 Years: No eating or drinking for 4 hours before your appointment (children can drink some water).

  • Ages 5-12 Years: No eating or drinking for 4 hours before your appointment (children can drink some water).

PELVIC

  • Under 3 Years: Drink clear fluid such as water, apple juice, etc. DO NOT drink any fluids with bubbles.

  • Ages 3-6 Years: Drink 16 ounces (2 cups) of water 30 minutes before your appointment.

  • Ages 7-12 Years: Drink 24 ounces (3 cups) of water 45 minutes before your appointment.

BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Do not take vitamin/calcium supplements for 24 hours before your exam. If you have had a barium study or nuclear medicine dye injection within the past 2 weeks, your test will have to be rescheduled until 2 weeks has passed.

FLUOROSCOPY

BARIUM STUDIES

  • DO NOT eat or drink 8 hours before your appointment.
  • Please note that small bowel examinations may take 30 minutes to 2 hours.
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