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Ultrasound

GRH’s ultrasound department is located within the medical imaging department on the second floor of the hospital’s KW Site, 835 King Street West in Kitchener.

We provide a wide range of procedures including obstetric and gynaecological studies, abdominal and pelvic assessments, and vascular, musculoskeletal, breast and soft tissue evaluations. We are also well equipped to service paediatric patients.

All ultrasounds are performed at the KW Site, with the exception of breast ultrasounds. These take place at the Waterloo-Wellington Breast Centre at Grand River Hospital’s Freeport Site, 3570 King Street East in Kitchener.

All ultrasound examinations are scheduled appointments and a doctor's referral is required. Patients should bring their requisition with them. Staff members are available 24 hours a day for emergency cases.

Patient preparations

If you are scheduled for any of the following exams there is no preparation required:
  • US Carotids (Doppler);
  • US Chest;
  • US Deep Vein Thrombosis (Doppler);
  • US Head (new born® 1 yr. Limited to closure of fontanel);
  • US Hips;
  • US Kidneys only;
  • Musculoskeletal (includes shoulder, knees, elbow or wrist);
  • US Parotid/Submandibular Glands;
  • US Peripheral Artery “Segmental Pressures";
  • US Testicles;
  • US Thyroid; and
  • US Soft Tissue Masses.
Please note that breast ultrasound exams are performed at Waterloo Wellington Breast Center located at Grand River Hospital’s Freeport Site at 3570 King Street East in Kitchener.

If you are scheduled for any of the following exams you cannot have anything to eat or drink for eight hours before the exam:
  • US Abdomen;
  • US Gallbladder only;
  • US Hepatic and Portal Vein Doppler; and
  • US Renal Artery Doppler.
If you are scheduled for any of the following exams you will need to drink one litre of water prior to your appointment time to fill your bladder:
  • US Pelvis
  • US Abdomen and Pelvis;
  • US Appendix;
  • US Kidneys and Pelvis;
  • US Pregnancy; and/or
  • Biophysical profile.
If you are scheduled for the following exam you will require a fleet enema prior to the exam:
  • US Transrectal Prostate
If you require an ultrasound as part of a biopsy, please contact 519-749-4262 for more information on how to prepare.
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