If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, please be sure to let your technician know PRIOR to undergoing any radiology procedure.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves beyond human hearing capability to produce high-quality images of soft tissues and motion within the body. Ultrasound involves no X-rays and can provide medical information that in the past may have required surgery.
Ultrasound can detect aneurysms, blood clots, damaged heart tissue, abnormal growths, diseased tissue and, during pregnancy, a baby’s size, weight, position and physical condition. Ultrasound is also used to diagnose muscle injuries and some joint problems.
How does Ultrasound Work?
The ultrasound procedure is simple and painless. A hand-held transducer emitting silent, high-frequency sound waves is placed against the body and slowly passed over the area being examined. The sound waves pass through the skin and into the body. The returning sound waves, or echo’s, are separated and identified by the transducer and changed into electrical energy. Sophisticated equipment produces images on a video monitor and then on paper or film.
Preparing for Your Ultrasound:
Most ultrasound exams require little or no preparation. In some cases, you may be asked to avoid gas-producing foods for one to two days, drink specific types and amounts of fluids, empty your bladder or follow other special instructions.
During the Procedure:
While you lie on a comfortable examination table, your technologist will apply a warm gel to your skin for air-free transducer contact. The technologist will then gently pass the transducer offer the specified exam area several times. The exam will last about 45 minutes.
Actual appointment availability may vary. Your physician or our medical staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning your ultrasound exam. Please notify us 24 hours in advance if possible, if you are unable to keep an appointment.