What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging uses a transducer or probe to generate sound waves and produce pictures of the body’s internal structures. It does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and provides a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images. Ultrasound is often used to help diagnose unexplained pain, swelling and infection. It may also be used to provide imaging guidance to needle biopsies or to see and evaluate conditions related to blood flow. It is also the preferred imaging method for monitoring a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

How to Prepare For an Ultrasound?

Many ultrasound exams require little or no preparation. In some cases, you will be asked to not eat or drink for a specific time-period before your exam or drink certain amounts of water prior to your exam. Your provider and/or the imaging scheduler will give you specific instructions for your ultrasound exam.

What to expect during your Ultrasound?

The sonographer (ultrasound technologist) will make you comfortable on the exam table. The sonographer will then apply a warm gel to the area of interest. The sonographer will then pass the transducer over the specific exam area to obtain the images necessary to help the radiologist and your provider with a diagnosis.

How long does an Ultrasound take?

Most ultrasound exams last approximately 45 minutes.

When should I know the results of my Ultrasound?

After your ultrasound scan, a radiologist will analyze the images. The radiologist will send a signed report to your ordering healthcare provider within 24 hours of the scan.  Your provider will share the results with you.