Ultrasound imaging — also known as sonography — uses sound waves to produce images of organs, vessels and tissues in the body. During an ultrasound examination, a small, hand-held transducer is placed in contact with your body. Ultrasound imaging has many applications. It is most commonly associated with pregnancy but is also ideal for imaging the heart and the blood vessels. It may be used to detect breast cysts or gallstones and to examine the prostate, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, colon and urinary bladder for tumors or inflammation.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to complete paperwork.
For your safety and the safety of your children, please make arrangements for someone to care for your children during your scheduled appointment time. If you are unable to find care for them, please call and reschedule your appointment.You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may be asked to remove clothing and jewelry in the area that will be examined, or you may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. A radiologist or sonographer will spread gel on your skin and then press the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area being examined until the desired images are captured. There may be varying degrees of discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against your body.You may be asked to drink water to fill your bladder for your exam.