Ultrasound imaging, sometimes referred to as sonography, is a noninvasive medical procedure used to capture images in real time. It shows the structure and movement of organs and blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound uses sound waves and not radiation to produce images. For other ultrasounds performed, see Ultrasound under our Services section.
Most ultrasound exams do not require any preparation prior to the exam. Wear comfortable clothing around the area to be scanned. You may also be asked to wear a gown. For pelvic exams, please come to our office with a full bladder. Also inform your technologist if you have any old images so they may be used for comparison.
Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table. The ultrasound technician (sonographer) will place a clear gel on the area of the body to be imaged. The sonographer or radiologist then presses the transducer against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone, attached to an ultrasound machine by a cord. Obstetric exams are normally performed transabdominally. If circumstances dictate, a transvaginal approach may be used.
After the exam, the gel is wiped off and you may resume normal activities.
Ultrasounds typically take 30 to 60 minutes depending on the exam performed.
A radiologist will review the images and send a report to your referring physician within one business day. Your doctor will review the report and contact you with the results.
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