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    Ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning “echoes” as images. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

    Why would you need an ultrasound?

    Ultrasound is able to capture moving images of pelvic and abdominal contents (including gallstones), breast abnormalities, the male reproductive system, the kidney and thyroid systems, as well as the developing fetus, among other applications. When enhanced with a special Doppler technique, ultrasound can also capture moving blood images of large blood vessels and moving images of the heart using echocardiography.

    Preparing for this procedure

    • Preparation for your ultrasound will depend on the type of exam; a receptionist will call you prior to your appointment to verify your appointment time and review specific preparation.
    • Please bring previous imaging study results (x-ray, MRI, CT, etc.) such as reports, films or CD-roms if available.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.

    What to expect during this procedure

    • You will lie on a cushioned table and 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, is moved over the area of your body being imaged.
    • Images instantly are captured on a television-like monitor and transferred to our digital archive system for interpretation by our radiologists.
    • Depending on the type of exam, it can take anywhere from 20-60 minutes.

    What to expect after this procedure

    • A radiologist will review your images.
    • The radiologist will prepare a report that is sent to you doctor.
    • Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.

    Contact us

    If you have additional questions about your appointment or our services, please call our Radiology Department at 483-1410.


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