Preparation will vary depending on the area being examined. Full preparation detail will be provided at the time of booking, but may include requiring a full bladder.
You may be asked to change into a gown. The ultrasound transducer will be in direct contact with the skin, a lubricating gel will be used to enable the sonographer to guide the transducer more effectively and allow for better reporting images.
You may feel the gel on your skin and sometimes it is necessary for the sonographer to apply pressure to a certain point to identify certain areas. You should not feel any pain.
A scan will usually last around 20 minutes but may take longer depending on the actual area(s) being imaged.