Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a painless diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to examine the 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.
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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 the area to be examined. This helps the transducer (or camera) glide easily over your skin as well as aid in the transfer of sound waves.
The sonographer will place a small piece of equipment called a transducer (which is like a camera) 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 exam is completed the sonographer will give you a towel to wipe away any excess gel, then 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 as well as your family doctor within 2-3 days.
Please make an appointment with your doctor to review these results.