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Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless exam. With the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin, high-frequency sound waves are sent from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer uses those sound waves to create images of the inside of your body.

What You Need To Know

It is also used to monitor a developing fetus, image the breasts, diagnose a variety of heart conditions, guide biopsies and more including:

  • Gallbladder
  • Heart
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen

 

Ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless diagnostic procedure. If you have any questions about the exam, speak to your doctor or ask our staff.

What To Expect

  • We’ll give you a call before your appointment to talk through preparation instructions and your past imaging exams.
  • If your exam requires contrast, we’ll discuss any special requirements with you.
  • Be sure to tell us if you are pregnant, nursing, or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
  • On the day of your exam, please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in. If instructed to do so, please bring prior imaging results with you.
  • During the exam, you will be positioned on a cushioned table.
  • Gel will be applied to your skin. The gel acts as a conductor.
  • A transducer, a hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound signals, will be moved over the area of your body being imaged.
  • Images will be instantly captured on a monitor and will be sent to a radiologist for review.
  • Once your exam is complete, you do not need to check out with the front desk when you leave.
  • After the exam, your images will be sent electronically to one of our radiologists. This radiologist will review the information and send a report to your referring provider, typically within one to two business days.
  • You should follow up with your referring provider to discuss your results.