Ultrasound is a technique that uses sound waves to image different areas of the body. This exam is most commonly used to diagnose the abdomen, pelvis, blood vessels and also to view the fetus during pregnancy. Because this technique is so safe and non-invasive it is an invaluable diagnostic tool.
The Day of Your Exam
- Please arrive 20 to 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time so that you may complete the registration process.
- Once the registration process is complete, you will be directed to the Medical Imaging Department and a Registered Ultrasonnagrapher will bring you to the exam room and you will be asked to change into a patient gown.
- You will be asked to lie down on the exam table and the ultrasonnagrapher will apply a small amount of warm gel onto the area that will be scanned. The technologist will then glide a small transducer over the gel while applying a small amount of pressure to obtain the images.
- The ultrasound exams generally take anywhere from thirty (30) minutes to one (1) hour to complete.
Once your exam is finished you may change and leave. Your results will be forwarded to your physician who will then explain them to you.