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Ultrasound

How it works:

A clear gel is placed on the body part being tested and a transducer, a small microphone-like device, is then placed on top of the gel and moved around on your skin. Sound waves pass harmlessly through the skin from the transducer.

Preparation:

Different exams require different preparations. You may be instructed to not eat or drink anything the night before your test. You may be instructed to arrive at your appointment with a very full bladder.

Important things to tell your technologist:

  • Symptoms you are having
  • Any previous exams of the area being tested
  • Any previous surgeries of the area being tested
  • If you are pregnant and the date of your last menstrual period

Some specific reasons this test may be used:

  • Heart problems
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Blood vessel problems
  • Cancer
  • Pelvic disorders
  • Check the health of your unborn baby

Note: The radiology staff is trained to acquire images for a radiologist to review. The radiologist is specially trained to look at x-ray studies and make a diagnosis off of them. The radiology staff is not fully trained to do so, therefore we will not be able to give you results at the time of your exam.