Ultrasound (US)

Digital Ultrasound (US)

Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce real-time images of body structures.

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

What is a vascular (Doppler) ultrasound?

A Doppler ultrasound shows the blood flow through your arteries and veins.

How can I prepare for the exam?

If you require an abdomen (abdominal) exam, we ask that you fast for 6 hours prior. Eating or drinking will make it difficult for us to see your organs.

Depending on the area being imaged, you may need a full bladder for optimal results. If needed, you will be instructed to drink 32 ounces of water 1 hour before the exam and hold it in.

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or concerns.

What should I expect during the exam?

A warm, wet gel is applied over the area being examined. The technologist then passes a small, corded electronic device (probe) over your skin. The exam is painless and quick.

The average ultrasound exam lasts 30-60 minutes.

Is ultrasound safe?

Yes. Ultrasound is completely safe and uses no radiation. It has been used for decades to evaluate pregnancies.