Patients - Your Exam
Ultrasound uses sound waves to obtain images of various organs and tissues in the body. It is a painless and safe procedure. Ultrasound is used to evaluate many parts of the body, including:
Abdominal imaging, including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas
Pelvic imaging, including the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and prostate
Vascular imaging, including arterial and venous Doppler, carotid artery, aorta, and venous mapping of varicose veins
Breast imaging, including evaluation of breast masses and breast pain
Hip imaging in infants
Guiding a wide range of biopsy procedures in the breast, abdomen, thyroid and other structures
During Your Exam
During the exam, you will be lying down and the sonographer will use a hand held device, called a
transducer, moving it over the skin in the area to be examined. A warm gel will be used on the
transducer and/or your skin. For certain exams, an interal probe may be used instead of the
transducer that goes over the skin.
After the exam, your images will be interpreted by the radiologist who creates a report that is sent to your
physician. Your results will be given to you by the physician who ordered your exam.
Additionaly information about Ultrasound exams in general or a specific exam can be accessed at