Ultrasound Procedures

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that reflect off a body structure to form a special image.
What is an Ultrasound Procedure?
The echoes from the sound waves reflect back information regarding the size, structure, and uniformity of an organ; then are recorded; and displayed on a monitor screen. The ultrasound is happening in “real-time” which means the screen is displaying what is actually happening at that moment. There is no radiation exposure with ultrasound. Ultrasound is done for a variety of reasons and there are many different tests that can be ordered. Frequently ordered test are Obstetric, Abdomen, Gallbladder, Pelvic, Carotid, Aorta, and Breast.

During the Exam:
Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions on how to prepare for your ultrasound exam. You should wear comfortable clothing, but may be asked to change into a hospital gown. During the exam you will lie on an exam table. A specially trained technologist will be performing the exam. A lubricating gel is used to make a good contact between the ultrasound transducer and the body part being evaluated. The transducer is the hand-held device that generates sound waves and sends it through the body. The procedure is painless and usually takes from 20-45 minutes to complete, depending on the exam.

A radiologist who is experienced in ultrasound and other radiology exams will read your ultrasound procedure and send a report to your healthcare provider.