Q: Why do I need a full bladder for my ultrasound exam?
A: For ultrasound studies of the pelvis or obstetrical (prenatal) ultrasounds the full bladder acts as a window into the body. It pushes some of the organs (like gas within the bowel) away, and allows us to see much more clearly. A full bladder is absolutely essential for these examinations.
Q: Why do I need to be fasting for my abdominal ultrasound?
A: Fluid and gas within the stomach after eating interferes with the ability of the ultrasound to see the inner organs. In addition, many foods contain fat which cause the gallbladder to contract which results in poor assessment of that organ.
Q: Can I still take my medications before my ultrasound test?
A: Yes, but it is best to take these only with a small amount of water and nothing else.
Q: How do I get a 4D Ultrasound with a CD of the recorded images?
A: 4D ultrasounds are performed in conjunction with medical obstetrical ultrasounds only. The medical obstetrical ultrasound requires a doctor’s referral and the 4D imaging is done as an added, private fee service. The 4D experience is displayed on our 32” LCD monitor and parents will receive selected images and video clips of the baby on CD. The additional cost for a 4D ultrasound is $150 payable by cash, debit, Visa or Mastercard at the time of check in. 4D ultrasound studies require significantly more time than the standard exam and specialized ultrasound equipment. Requests for 4D MUST be made at the time of booking your ultrasound examination.
To book an appointment you or your physician may call 604.941.7611, press 1. Please have your BC Care Card ready. You must bring your BC Care Card, your completed requisition and the $150 fee with you at the time of the 4D ultrasound examination.
Q: I had a prenatal ultrasound two weeks ago, can I still get a 3D/4D CD of my examination?
A: No, but if you have had your 18-20 week prenatal scan done at MedRay, we can book you an appointment for the 3D/4D Voluson only.
Q: Can I take my preschool children into the ultrasound room during my examination?
A: Ultrasound is a medical procedure. No guests are allowed in the examination room during the procedure. For prenatal obstetrical ultrasounds only, guests may be allowed into the room after the medical study is completed. Guests will be invited in by the technologist after the medical examination is done.
Q: Can you tell me the results of my ultrasound examination at the time of the scan?
A: No. The technologist who performs the exam is not permitted to provide or discuss results, under British Columbia's professional guidelines. The examination is checked by the supervising Radiologist (doctor) before you leave. MedRay will send a full report of your examination to your doctor within 3 to 4 working days.