Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. Ultrasound is: Noninvasive, which means it does not penetrate the skin or body openings. The technical term for ultrasound imaging is sonography.
During the ultrasound examination, a device called a transducer is used to view the target organ and produce pictures for study.
- Obstetrics / Gynocology
- Abdominal Imaging
- Vascular Imaging
No special preparation is required for a routine ultrasound. Wear loose comfortable clothing to your appointment.
For an abdominal scan, the patient is usually asked to fast (take nothing by mouth) six to eight hours.
For a pelvic scan, the woman is usually asked to drink several glasses of water and to not pass urine for a few hours before the test. A full bladder helps to improve the view of the uterus by displacing nearby loops of intestine.
Your images will be analyzed by a radiologist (a physician who specializes in radiology testing). The radiologist will send a signed report which includes an interpretation of the image to your primary physician.