Ultrasound imaging involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body.
Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body’s veins and arteries. Prenatal ultrasound provides pictures of a developing fetus. A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination. Because of its many uses, an ultrasound is a handy, noninvasive diagnostic tool for doctors to use.
Ultrasound Procedures Performed at Our Facilities:
- Complete Abdomen
- Right Upper Quadrant, Limited Abdomen
- Obstetrics, 1st Trimester
- Obstetrics with Fetal Anatomy
- Fetal Biophysical Profile
- Ultrasound Pelvis
- Pelvis Transvaginal (as needed)
What to Expect
How is this procedure done?
You will lay face-up on an exam table, then the technician will apply a warm water-based gel to the area that will be examined. The gel helps the transducer make secure contact with the skin.
Then the tech will move the transducer back and forth until the desired images are captured.
Is this test painful?
Usually no, unless the transducer is applied to a tender area.
How to PrepareAbdomen Ultrasound Preparation: Nothing to eat, drink, or smoke 6 hours prior to appointment time. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
OB Less than 14 weeks and Pelvic Ultrasound Preparation: 1½ hours before exam time, empty your bladder and drink 32 oz. of water, finishing 1 hour prior to exam. Arrive with a very full bladder. Do not urinate. Pelvic ultrasound should not be scheduled during menstruation.