Ultrasound examinations use sound waves to obtain medical images of various organs and tissues in the body. It is a painless and safe procedure.
Ultrasound is used for many applications in clinical imaging including:
- Abdominal imaging, including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas
- Pelvic imaging, including the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and prostate
- Obstetrical imaging: First Trimester “NT” Screening, Second Trimester, Third Trimester
- Vascular imaging, upper and lower peripheral venous system
- Breast imaging, including evaluation of breast nodules and breast pain
- Thyroid imaging
- Hip imaging in infants
- Guiding biopsies of the breast
You will be asked to lie on a comfortable table while the sonographer performs the examination. Your Community Health Imaging Centers Radiologist will review the exam, and sometimes will perform the examination. A hand held device, called an Ultrasound transducer, will be moved over the surface of your skin in the area of interest. Warm, water-based gel is placed on the transducer and/or your skin. This gel aids in sound transmission and image production. The gel is kept warm for your comfort.
For certain ultrasound exams, specialized internal probes are used. For example, an endo-vaginal probe is used for most pelvic exams to create the most detailed images of the uterus and ovaries.
During and after your exam, your Community Health Imaging Centers Radiologist will promptly review your ultrasound images and issue a report to your doctor. In some cases, your doctor may also receive the images and report on a personal computer in his or her office.
1. No Preparation – wear comfortable 2 piece clothing
1. Drink 32 ounces of water 45 minutes prior to your appointment time. We need your bladder to be full.
1. Please do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your appointment time
1. No Preparation – wear comfortable loose fitting clothing.
To insure the highest quality procedure in a safe environment, we are unable to provide child care services during your examination. Please do not bring unattended children to the imaging center.