Ultrasound

Most people think ultrasound is only for pregnancy, allowing a patient’s doctor to monitor the development and growth of a baby. In reality, ultrasound (also known as sonography) has many other uses and purposes. The system uses sound waves that are emitted into the body through a device called a transducer or probe, to capture images. These images are interpreted by our radiologists and the results are sent to your doctor. Since ultrasound uses sound waves, there is no concern about radiation at all. Ultrasound images can show changes in the tissues of various internal organs such as the liver, spleen, gallbladder, kidney, pancreas, uterus or prostate. It can show whether a mass is cystic or solid and can be used to see if there are blood clots, or narrowing of veins or arteries. Breast ultrasound can be useful in conjunction with our digital mammography.

Ultrasound exams typically range from 30-60 minutes, depending on what your doctor is looking for. Many ultrasound exams require no advance preparation, but some require specific preparation to optimize images.

PREPARATION

Abdomen, Abdomen LTD, Abdomen Aorta, Abdomen & Pelvis,
Estimated exam time: 30 minutes

Fat-free Diet NO-Meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products from the evening meal the day prior to the exam. CAN have Jello, Fruit, Baked Potatoes (No Butter)

Abdomen & Renal
Estimated exam time: 60 minutesFat-free Diet NO-Meat, fish, poultry, or dairy products from the evening meal the day prior to the exam. CAN have Jello, Fruit, Baked Potatoes (No Butter)

Pelvic
Estimated exam time: 30 minutesPatient must drink 32 oz. of water 1 hour prior to their exam, and cannot use the restroom until after the exam.

Pelvic Transvaginal
Estimated exam time: 30 minutesEmpty bladder.