As a common diagnostic imaging technique, ultrasound produces images through the use of high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is so widely used thanks to its non-invasive, extremely safe practice, which involves absolutely no radiation. That is why it is the chosen imaging method used for pregnant women. However, pregnancy is not the only time when ultrasound imaging is applicable. Ultrasound can also be used to provide real-time imaging for concerns related to the gallbladder, liver, spleen, kidneys, bladder, breast and other internal organs.

Ultrasound procedures performed by our experienced staff:

  • Abdominal
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Vascular and Doppler Ultrasound
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Testicular Ultrasound
  • Pediatric Renal Ultrasound
  • Sonoelasticity
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Prostate Biopsy
  • Breast Ultrasound

What is ultrasound imaging?

Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves which are invisible and inaudible to human in order to produce images. There is absolutely no radiation involved in ultrasound.

Why is this exam done?

Ultrasound provides real-time imaging of many abdominal tissues and organs using a painless and non-invasive method. It is especially sensitive in evaluating abdominal organs such as the gallbladder for gallstones, the liver, the spleen, and the kidneys. Ultrasound also provides the best imaging of the pelvic organs such as the bladder, thyroid gland, uterus, and ovaries. The carotid arteries of the neck and the veins of the legs are also commonly studied through ultrasound.

What will happen during the exam?

An ultrasound technician or sonographer will meet you and take you into a private ultrasound suite. A small ultrasound probe is placed over the area to be imaged and high-frequency sound waves are used to create images of body tissues. Once all the appropriate images are obtained, the images are reviewed with a board-certified radiologist to ensure no further imaging is needed. Again, this procedure is painless and radiation-free.

What are the risks and benefits?

There are no known risks to ultrasound imaging. There is no radiation used in ultrasound imaging.

How should I prepare for my test?

You will need to bring your prescription. You may be asked not to urinate for a few hours prior to the procedure for certain exams.

Medications can be taken 1 hour before morning or afternoon appointment.

  • Pelvic or Obstetrical

    Drink 32oz of fluid starting 2 hours before study, to be completed 1 hour before the appointment.

    Do not empty your bladder.

  • Abdomen (such as, gallbladder, liver, pancreas, aorta and spleen)

    Nothing by mouth after midnight the evening prior to study except prescribed medication.

  • Renal Ultrasound

    Drink 12oz. of fluid 1 hour before you appointment. Do not empty your bladder.

  • Renal Doppler/Abdominal Doppler (60 minutes)

    Morning appointment: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Drink 12oz. of water 1 hour before study.

    Afternoon appointment: Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours before study. Drink 12oz. of water 1 hour before study. You may empty your bladder when needed.

  • Transrectal/Prostate with Biopsy

    Please call for instructions

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