What are the prerequisites for having an ultrasound done?

If you are referring a patient for an ultrasound examination, it would be valuable to include:
A concise, relevant clinical history, as this will improve the efficacy of any diagnostic imaging test.
Relevant recent pathology or imaging results.

What are the absolute contraindications for an ultrasound?

There are no absolute contraindications for an ultrasound examination.

What are the relative contraindications for an ultrasound?

There are no relative contraindications for an ultrasound examination.

What are the adverse effects of an ultrasound?

Your patient should not experience any adverse effects from ultrasound examination.

Are there alternative imaging tests, interventions or surgical procedures to an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is generally considered a primary diagnostic modality, because it is cheap, easily accessible and is very accurate in many settings. Be aware that patients with specific indications may be better referred to CT and MRI directly.
If you have any doubt about the appropriateness of a diagnostic test, please contact the local diagnostic imaging department, where the consultant radiologist will generally be happy to discuss the best alternative with you.

Last saved on 13 October 2016.

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