What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the body's soft tissue.

What is Ultrasound Used For?

Ultrasound is well suited for examination of soft tissues, such the intra-abdominal organs (gallbladder, liver, kidney, etc.), thyroid gland, blood vessels, pelvic organs and fetus within the womb.

Are there any side effects or risks to an ultrasound study?

Ultrasound is completely safe, using high frequency sound waves to produce images of the body's soft tissue.

What happens during the exam?

The ultrasound technologist applies a warm, wet gel on the skin over the area to be examined. Then, a small, corded electronic device (a "probe") is passed over the area, directly contacting the skin.

How long oes a exam take?

The average ultrasound exam lasts approximately thirty minutes to one hour.

How is the procedure performed?

You may be asked to lie down on a table, sit in a chair or stand. A technologist will help you by positioning you properly. The X-Ray will take only about a second and is completely painless and invisible to the eye.

Is the procedure safe?

Radiation is used to create an X-Ray image. We use the minimum amount of radiation necessary to create a quality image. The medical benefits of an X-Ray far outweigh the very small amount radiation exposure. We carefully monitor all requests for all X-Ray exams to ensure sure all of our patients get the most accurate diagnosis with the least possible radiation exposure.

What preparation is needed?

No preparation is needed.

What should I wear?

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may be asked to change into a patient gown. You will be asked to remove all jewelry during the x-ray examination because metal and certain clothing can obscure the images and require repeat studies.

How long will the procedure take?

Allow 15 minutes for each exam.

When will my doctor get the results?

One of our radiologists will interpret the images and send a written report to your physician within one or two business days. Quicker results will occur if your doctor