Ultrasound

What is Ultrasound:

Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a painless diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to examine internal organs.  No radiation is involved.    A transducer is placed against the skin and real time images of the human body can then be seen on the ultrasound machine.

Some ultrasound examinations may have very specific preparation instructions.  It is EXTREMELY important to follow these to ensure a successful study.

What to expect:

  • you will be asked to remove your clothing from the area being examined.
  • warm water-soluble gel will be applied to area to be examined.
  • the sonographer will  place a small piece of equipment called a transducer against the skin and will move it over the area being studied.
  • you will occasionally be asked to hold your breath which prevents motion while the sonographer obtains the necessary images.
  • when the examination is completed, you  can dress and leave.
  • the sonographer cannot discuss the results with you.
  • the radiologist (a medical doctor who has specialized in medical imaging) will look at the images and a report will be issued to the doctor that referred you.
  • Please make an appointment with your doctor to review these results.