During your ultrasound examination, you will lie on a table while the sonographer applies gel to the specific area being examined. A probe is then gently rolled over your lubricated skin. The real-time image created is viewed on a nearby monitor.
Still frame photos and/or live images are recorded during the procedure. The exam usually takes from 15 to 45 minutes.
Fetal ultrasound is used to evaluate the age of a fetus as well as assess its growth during pregnancy. Ultrasound is also used to screen for any anatomic abnormalities. Baby pictures will be provided to patients following the examination.
We also offer separate, non diagnostic 3-D/4-D Ultrasound sessions. (Click here for 3-D Ultrasound Information)
Abdominal ultrasound: Used to assess the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, and spleen. Ultrasound is often ordered to look for gallstones. The abdominal vessels will also be assessed for abnormalities including the aorta, IVC, hepatic arteries and veins, and renal arteries and vein.
Pelvic ultrasound: In women, pelvic ultrasound can evaluate the uterus and ovaries. Frequently, an endovaginal study is performed in which a special transducer with a cover is inserted into the vagina by the patient. This exam is performed in conjunction with a pelvic ultrasound to provide very high resolution images of the uterus and ovaries.
Thyroid ultrasound: Assesses the size of the thyroid gland and looks for any abnormalities of the thyroid and surrounding areas.
Vascular ultrasound: Used to assess arteries and veins. Doppler and color flow ultrasound are used in addition to standard ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is used to evaluate for blood clots, most commonly found in the leg veins. Carotid artery ultrasound imaging may be performed to evaluate for narrowing of these arteries. Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate the blood vessels in the abdomen.
Breast ultrasound:Ultrasound of the breast is usually used to further evaluate an abnormality found in a another study (usually a mammogram). Patients under the age of 30 may have an ultrasound to evaluate an abnormality found upon examination. Your physician will determine the most appropriate diagnostic test given your individual situation.
Abdominal Ultrasound: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night prior to your exam. If you need to take medication, go ahead and take it with as little water as possible.
Pelvic Ultrasound: Full bladder. Drink 32 ounces of water finishing 1 hour prior to your examination. Do not empty your bladder.
Thyroid Ultrasound: No preparation necessary. You may choose to wear a button down shirt or a low neck shirt so you do not have to change your clothes.
Vascular Ultrasound: No preparation necessary.
Breast Ultrasound: No preparation necessary.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why do I have to fast for an abdominal ultrasound?
Can you tell the gender of my baby?
Does a breast ultrasound show more than a mammogram?
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