Ultrasound Imaging

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What is General Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves scanning part of the body with high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound is used to help physicians evaluate symptoms such as pain, swelling, and infections. It can also be used as Ultrasound Guidance of Pick Lines.

What are some common uses for General Ultrasound Procedures?

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to:
  • Heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Uterus, Ovaries
  • Thyroid
  • Scrotum

How should I prepare for a General Ultrasound Exam?

Preparation depends on the type of exam that you will have. Our technologist or our office will inform you any preparation is needed.

What will I experience during a General Ultrasound exam?

Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. After you are positioned on the examination table, sonographer will apply some warm gel on your skin and then place the transducer against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured. There is usually no discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined. Once the imaging is complete, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

A Board Certified Radiologist trained to interpret radiology exams will analyze the images and send them to our PACS system. From our PACS system the ordering physician and nurse will be able to view the images and the report from any computer using or HIPPA compliant log in screen. No one, but your ordering physician and your nurse, will be able to see your report.
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