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FAQ'sWhich credit cards do you accept?
Can I bring a video tape for my OB sonogram?
I just made my appointment, can I show up at any location?
Why can't I eat before my Abdomen Sonogram?
Why do I need to fill my bladder with 32 oz. of fluid prior to my Obstetric/Pregnancy/Pelvic Sonogram?
Why do I need to fill my bladder for a Renal/Kidney Sonogram?
Why do I need a trans-vaginal sonogram?
Can I bring my parents and husband to see my baby's sonogram?
Is there a special patient preparation for Bone Density Examinations?
Is Ultrasound safe?


FAQs AnsweredWhich credit cards do you accept?
Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards are accepted, as well as debit cards which bear the Visa or Mastercard logo.
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Can I bring a video tape for my OB sonogram?
Yes, you can, and while you're at it bring a CD-R disk and we'll store your baby's photo to disk so you can transmit it via the internet to friends and family!!
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I just made my appointment, can I show up at any location?
No! Hagan Imaging LLC has only one office at 1800 Mesa Suite 101. There is a competitive company performing ultrasound in the same building so PLEASE turn to the left to our office when entering!!
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Why can't I eat before my Abdomen Sonogram?
You need to remain NPO (nothing by mouth) for a minimum of 8 hours before the examination (includes food, drinks, candy, gum and smoking). The reason for this is that the Liver and Gallbladder image better if you have not eaten. Further, the Gallbladder contracts and releases its enzymes to aide in digestion. Should you eat before the exam, the Gallbladder will be contracted and will not image well which could be detrimental should you have gallstones that are difficult to image.
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Why do I need to fill my bladder with 32 oz. of fluid prior to my Obstetric/Pregnancy/Pelvic Sonogram?
Ultrasound transmits through fluid easier than tissue enabling improved resolution using the bladder as a "sonic window."

In pregnancy, it assists the sonographer by elevating the fetus, dorsi-flexing the lower uterine segment, which facilitates improved imaging of both the fetus and the cervix.

On Pelvic sonograms it assists us in a similar fashion and also enables us to better image those patients with fibroids and an enlarged uterus Back to Top

Why do I need to fill my bladder for a Renal/Kidney Sonogram?
Ultrasound transmits through fluid easier than tissue enabling improved resolution using the bladder as a "sonic window." The bladder must also be visualized to insure there are no bladder wall tumors.

For Males: Your physician will want to know how well you can empty and may want an approximate prostate size which can only be performed if your bladder is full. Degree of bladder emptying may also help to explain any problems with frequent night trips to the restroom.

For females, inadequate bladder emptying may be one of many sources causing incontinence. Back to TopWhy do I need a trans-vaginal sonogram?
A trans-vaginal sonogram (placement of a small probe approximately 2" into the vagina) enables the female pelvic structures to be better visualized. Trans-abdominal sonograms do not adequately image the female pelvis. This modality is the only method to accurately "rule out" endometrial polyps, small tumors and fibroids. Further, it enables us to not only provide detailed information to your physician regarding the intermal composition of cysts/tumors should one be present, but also insures that the ovary has adequate blood flow.

Adolescent females, females that have never had intercourse and combative patients are not candidates for a trans-vaginal sonogram. Back to Top

Can I bring my parents and husband to see my baby's sonogram?
Yes. We prefer however to start the exam with just you and your husband in the room if there is a large crowd. To insure a viable fetus.
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Is there a special patient preparation for Bone Density Examinations?
The only restriction is that you may not take a calcium supplement within 24 hours of the examination. Other than that, you may eat and drink as you please.
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Is Ultrasound safe?
Ultrasound has been in use at its current level for over 30 years, and in that time no biological effects have been demonstrated. The Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA) also closely regulates the medical use of Diagnostic Ultrasound and will not allow a manufacturer to sell or import any systems for use in the United States that do not meet their criteria. The FDA criteria is very stringent as these systems perform on fetuses are more susceptible to heating and cavitation injury than are adults.
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