Patients - Your Exam

Ultrasound

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

  • Obstetrical imaging

  • 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

  • Thyroid imaging

  • Hip imaging in infants

  • Guiding a wide range of biopsy procedures in the breast, abdomen, thyroid and other structures

  • Drainage

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.

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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 www.RadiologyInfo.org