Ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate soft tissues structures inside the body, such as internal organs and vessels. Because there are no known harmful effects of ultrasound, it is also often used to monitor pregnancy. Ultrasound images are taken in real-time, showing movements of the structures being examined. Ultrasound can also be used in aiding biopsies of abnormal tissues. The technologist will use a transducer, or probe, that emits sound waves to obtain diagnostic images.
What to Expect:
- You will receive a confirmation call from our scheduling staff and be given any prep instructions that may be necessary to your exam (such as fasting or full bladder)
- You may be asked to change into a gown
- The technologist will position you on the Ultrasound table
- The technologist will often apply a gel to the skin surface where the transducer will be used
- You may be given instructions to hold your breath to eliminate breathing motion from the images
- After your exam, you may return to your normal routine unless given other instructions by the technologist/radiologist