Ultrasound, or sonography, is a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs. It is commonly used to evaluate the size, structure and any pathological lesions of the abdominal and pelvic organs, breast, thyroid glands and heart, as well as the blood flow in arteries and veins.
Ultrasound is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning "echoes" as images. It has been used by radiologists and sonographers for the past 50 years, becoming one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.
There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound. Please note that although we offer this service, the tests are not done in-house.
Depending on the type of study, an ultrasound typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Our sonographer will help position you on a comfortable exam table and a clear gel, used as a conductor, will be applied to your skin. A hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound waves called a transducer is moved back and forth over the area of your body being imaged.
These images are captured on a television-like monitor and transferred to film for our radiologist to review and interpret for your physician. After the exam is complete you will be able to return to your normal activities.