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An ultrasound examination lets us see the organs, soft tissues and blood vessels inside your body. It uses sound waves to make images that we can study.
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When you arrive at the Medical Imaging Department, check in at the reception desk. The receptionist may ask you:
If your appointment is at Mount Sinai Hospital or Women's College Hospital, you will need to allow extra time before your appointment to get a card for that hospital.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment so that we can process your paperwork. If you are late, your appointment may be subject to rescheduling.
The ultrasound technologist (also called a sonographer) will call you when it's time for your scan. You'll then be asked to change into a hospital gown.
You'll be asked to lie down, and the ultrasound technologist or radiologist will apply a clear water-based gel to the part of your body being scanned. The ultrasound technologist or radiologist firmly rubs an ultrasound probe back and forth over the area until all the pictures are taken.
Please note: for transvaginal or transrectal examinations, the ultrasound probe is covered with a disposable cover before the probe is placed inside the vagina or rectum. For transvaginal examinations, the ultrasound probe can be inserted into the vagina by the patient, sonographer or radiologist.
The radiologist may or may not come into the room to examine you. Within a few days, however, the radiologist will write a report on what was found in your ultrasound images and send it to your electronic health record. Once it's in your health record, your doctor can then review the report and give you the results.
Please keep in mind that the ultrasound technologist can't give you the results when your scan is finished.
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.