What is an Ultrasound study?
An Ultrasound (sonogram) is a diagnostic exam utilizing painless, high frequency sound waves to obtain pictures of the internal structures of the body. No x-ray radiation is necessary.
How do I prepare for my Ultrasound?
The preparation varies according to the area of examination. Specific preparation information will be provided by your doctor or nurse.
What can I expect during my Ultrasound?
This exam is performed in the x-ray department. You may be asked to wear a patient gown. The ultrasound technologist will assist you unto the table and position you for your exam.
The Ultrasound technologist, who is trained in the use of ultrasound equipment will assist the radiologist perform your examination. The radiologist will scan the area of interest. A small instrument that looks like a microphone, called a transducer, will be passed over the area to be examined. An oil or gel is applied to your skin prior to the transducer. You will feel light pressure on your skin. The images will then be interpreted by a radiologist. A radiologist is a doctor who specializes in medical diagnosis by ultrasound and x-ray methods.
How long will my Ultrasound exam take?
This exam can take from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area (s) being examined.
What will happen following my Ultrasound?
You may resume your activities unless instructed differently by your doctor.
How do I find out the results of my Ultrasound?
The images from your ultrasound will be reviewed by a radiologist. The radiologist will send a written report to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.