Ultrasound

Radiology & Imaging offers the latest advances in ultrasound technology to perform applications in cardiac, obstetric and vascular areas. Our advanced technology provides improved image quality and an improved overall patient experience.

Many different types of Ultrasound procedures are performed at Radiology & Imaging. Some of these include evaluation of the abdomen, including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and appendix; the pelvis, including uterus and ovaries; obstetric exams; duplex doppler vascular studies, including leg veins, carotid artery and aorta; breast ultrasound, including evaluation of breast nodules; thyroid and scrotum. Organ biopsies are frequently performed with ultrasound imaging guidance. The radiologists at Radiology & Imaging routinely perform biopsies of the liver, thyroid gland, breast and lymph nodes.

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a safe and painless imaging study. Ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound waves, without radiation, to generate images of the internal structures of the body. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable our radiologists to see blood flow and heart valve functions.

Common Ultrasound Studies

  • Abdominal organs
  • Aorta
  • Breast
  • Carotid
  • Interventional Guidance
  • Hysterosonogram
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Obstetrical
  • Pelvic
  • Prostate
  • Renal
  • Scrotum
  • Thyroid
  • Vascular

Preparing for an Ultrasound

Preparing for an Ultrasound depends on the type of exam the patient is having.

  • For an abdominal exam, you must not eat or drink anything for 8 hours prior to your exam time except for medications, or as instructed by your primary physician with a small amount of water.
  • For pelvic or obstetric exams, you must drink 32 oz of water 30 minutes prior to your exam and you must avoid emptying your bladder for the best images to be captured.

During and after an Ultrasound

During an ultrasound, you will lie on a comfortable table while a technologist performs the exam. A handheld device, called an ultrasound probe or transducer, will be moved on the surface of the skin in the area of interest after a liquid gel is placed on the probe and/or the skin. For certain ultrasound exams, specialized internal probes are used. For example, an endovaginal probe is used for most pelvic exams to create the most detailed images of the uterus and ovaries.

Once an ultrasound exam is complete, you can eat and resume normal activity. One of Radiology & Imaging’s radiologists will interpret the ultrasound exam and send the results to your primary physician. Your physician will discuss the findings of your ultrasound exam with you.