An ultrasound is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images from inside your body. Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasound uses no radiation. For this reason, it’s preferred method for viewing a developing fetus during pregnancy. However, the test has many other uses. Your doctor may order an ultrasound if you’re having pain, swelling or other symptoms that require an internal view of your organs. An ultrasound is also a helpful way to guide doctors during certain procedures, such as biopsies. Depending on the area or organ that is being examined, you may have to follow a certain preparation prior to your exam.
An ultrasound can provide a view of the following:
Heart and blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, thyroid, bladder, ovaries, testicles, uterus, and brain (in infants).
What to expect
Upon arrival for your Ultrasound, you will be asked to change into a gown. You will be laying down on an exam table with the section of your body exposed that needs to be scanned. The Ultrasound Technologist will apply a special lubricating jelly to your skin. This helps to transmit the sound waves to the machine and prevents friction while the transducer is on your skin. Depending on the area being examined, you may need to change positions so the technologist can have better access. After the exam, the gel will be cleaned off your skin. An ultrasound typically lasts 30-60 minutes depending on the body part being imaged. You will be free to go about your normal activities after the procedure is finished. Following the exam, a radiologist who specializes in reading diagnostic imaging will review the images and check for any abnormalities. Your doctor will call you to discuss the test results.
Ultrasound Studies at FVHO:
All General Ultrasound
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsies
PICC Line Insertion