What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to take live pictures from the inside of your body. Ultrasounds are safe procedures which have no known risks unlike CT Scans & MRI Scan or X-rays. Ultrasounds at our facility are performed by trained technicians call sonographers. Each ultrasound procedure takes approximately 15-30 minutes to perform. The results of the ultrasounds are interpreted by contracted certified radiologists.
Ultrasounds are ordered for many medical reasons including the following:
● Check a thyroid gland
● Diagnose gallbladder disease
● Diagnose some cancers
● Evaluate flow in blood vessels
● Reveal genital and prostate abnormalities
● View the uterus and ovaries for cyst, masses, fibroids and otherabnormalities
How to prepare for an ultrasound?
Most ultrasounds do not require preparation, with the exception of the following:
● Gallbladder ultrasounds your physician may ask that you not eat or drinkanything 6 hours before the ultrasound is performed.
● Pelvic and abdominal ultrasounds may require a full bladder, so yourphysician may ask you to drink up to 32 ounces of water and not urinateuntil the exam is completed.
The following ultrasounds are performed at our facility:
● Abdomen (limited)
● Echo Real Time with Image
● Echo (Congenital Cardiac Anomalies)
● Lower Extremity Arterial
● Lower Extremity Venous
● Lower Extremity Arterial Unilateral
● Lower Extremity Venous Limited
● Pelvic (Male and Female)
● Renal Artery (Bilateral)
● Soft Tissue – Extremity
● Upper Extremity Arterial
● Upper Extremity Venous