What is an ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound (sonogram) is a diagnostic exam utilizing painless, high frequency sound waves to obtain pictures of the internal structures of the body. No x-ray radiation is necessary.

General Patient Preparation instructions

General Patient Preparation Instructions

Full range of imaging, including:

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Obstetrics
  • Orthopedic
  • Vascular, including ABIs, Carotids, LEA's, LEV's & Insufficiency studies

How do I prepare for my ultrasound scan?

The preparation varies according to the area of examination. Usually no preparation is necessary. When preparation is required, specific instructions will be given at the time you schedule your ultrasound examination.

What can I expect during my ultrasound scan?

The sonographer (a person trained to work with ultrasound equipment) will assist you onto the table and position you for your exam. The sonographer will perform your exam. A small instrument that looks like a microphone, called a transducer, will be passed over the area to be examined. An oil or gel is applied to your skin prior to the transducer. You will feel pressure on your skin. The radiologist may also scan the area of interest. Once this is done, the exam is complete. This exam takes approximately 30 - 90 minutes, depending on the area(s) being examined.

What will happen following my ultrasound scan?

You may resume your activities unless instructed differently by your doctor.

How do I find out the results of my ultrasound scan?

The images from your ultrasound will be reviewed by a radiologist.  The radiologist will send a report to your physician, who will discuss the results of the scan with you.

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