WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND?
Ultrasound imaging is a method of obtaining images of the body by using high frequency sound waves. As sound passes through the body, echos are produced that identify how far away an object is, the size of the object, and its shape and consistency. No radiation is used with ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is useful in examining many internal organs such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, thyroid and testicles.
WHEN IS ULTRASOUND USED?
Many parents get the first look at their unborn child with an ultrasound exam. Ultrasound is used extensively for evaluating pelvic and abdominal organs and blood vessels. It can help determine the source of pain, swelling, or infection. Ultrasound also provides real-time imaging, so it is very useful as a guide for needle biopsies.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR MY EXAM?
Each exam requires a different preparation. You will be instructed at the time of scheduling if there is a special prep for your ultrasound examination. You may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking anything prior to your exam.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING MY EXAM?
You will be asked to lie on your back on the exam table. Gel is applied to the patient’s body in the area to be examined. The gel assures that there is direct contact with the skin and the transducer, the small device used to scan the body. The technologist will press the transducer firmly against the area to be scanned.
HOW DO I GET THE RESULTS OF MY EXAM?
After the technologist has completed your exam, the images will be sent to the radiologist for review. A radiologist is a physician who is specially trained to diagnose conditions by interpreting medical images. Images are sent to Advanced Medical Imaging (AMI) for interpretation. Results will be available to your provider within 24 hours.