Ultrasound (US)

  • US Neck
  • US Abdomen
  • US Pelvis
  • Obstetrical US
  • Doppler US of Abdomen and Extremities

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. The process is fast, painless and completely free of radiation or harmful side effects; that is why it is so often used for prenatal imaging. Ultrasound can detect diseased or damaged tissues, locate abnormal growths and identify a wide variety of conditions, enabling your radiologist to make a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Prenatal ultrasound is used to help your doctor evaluate your baby’s growth and determine how your pregnancy is progressing. Ultrasound is also used for certain types of disease detection. For example, transvaginal ultrasound is a test to evaluate for such instances as suspected uterine , cervical or ovarian cancer or abnormal growths in the female reproductive systems.

What to expect?

Ultrasound examination is performed by a sonographer—a technician trained in ultrasound imaging. The sonographer applies a hypo-allergenic, water-soluble gel to prevent air from getting between your skin and the transducer, a small probe resembling a bar of soap. The sonographer then gently passes the transducer over the skin of the area being examined, producing a sensation of light pressure. The transducer generates and receives the high-frequency sound waves. The computer in the ultrasound unit processes and converts the resulting patterns into detailed images.

During the examination, please relax, remain still when asked and follow other instructions. The examination results will be evaluated by an our Radiologist who has expertise in interpreting sonograms. The results will be sent to your referring physician within a few working days.

Patient preparation

Preparation is specific for each procedure. Some ultrasound exams require no preparation, while others require patients to cease eating and drinking for up to 12 hours before the exam. Some ultrasound exams require a full bladder. You will receive instructions if that is necessary for your exam.

Side effects and complications

No side effects or complications are associated with ultrasound exams.

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