An Ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs, blood vessels, and tissues within the body. These high-frequency sound waves are inaudible to the human ear. The sound waves are transmitted through the body by an instrument called a transducer. A water-based gel is applied to the skin to help transmit the sound waves. Special computer equipment then converts the sound waves into an image. Because ultrasound uses sound waves rather than radiation, it is a safe form of fetal imaging.
What to Expect
- Preparation for your exam will vary, based on which exam you are having.
- You will be asked to lie down, with the area of interest uncovered.
- You may or may not be asked to change into a gown, depending on the exam your provider has ordered.
- A warm, water-based gel will be applied to your skin in the area of interest. The gel is not harmful to your skin and will be cleaned off immediately after the exam.
- The technologist performing the exam will give you instructions that may include holding your breath or changing positions throughout the exam.
- Exam time: 15-45 minutes.
- You may be asked to wait until the radiologist has reviewed the information in case they would like any additional images.
- Your Ultrasound will be read by a board certified radiologist.
- Results will be faxed to your ordering provider's office.
- Expected time is 1-3 business days, unless your provider has requested immediate results.
- Abdominal Ultrasound
- Renal Ultrasound (kidneys only)
- Pelvic and Obstetrical Ultrasound
- Thyroid, Breast, Testicular, Soft Tissue Ultrasound
Please call our Radiology Department between 8am and 5pm to schedule your exam, at 330-674-1584 extension 4124