An ultrasound machine uses high-frequency sound waves to create images that allow various organs in the body to be examined. These sound waves reflect off body structures and are sent to a computer that uses them to create a picture. Unlike an X-ray or CT scans, no ionizing radiation exposure occurs with this test.
Preparing for an ultrasound scan depends on why you are having it and how old you are. Patients may be asked not to eat or drink for several hours before having the scan. Your physician or healthcare provider will advise you on how to prepare.
Here in our St. Vincent’s radiology facility, you’ll be asked to lie down for the procedure and a clear, water-based gel will be applied to the skin over the area to be scanned. The gel assists in transmitting sound waves. A skilled technician moves a handheld probe or transducer over the area, but you’ll feel very little discomfort- just a little cold and wet sensation from the gel.
The technician may ask you to change position so that different areas can be covered. In addition, you might be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds during the examination, which generally take less than 30 minutes.
Ultrasound services at our state-of-the-art St. Vincent’s radiology department include:
- Abdominal Imaging
- Abdominal Aorta Imaging
- Baker's Cyst Imaging
- Breast Imaging
- Biopsy (Interventional Procedures)
- Carotid Doppler Imaging
- Endorectal Imaging
- Extremity-Musculoskeletal Imaging
- Gall Bladder Imaging
- Hysterosonography Imaging
- Inter-operative Guided Procedures
- Liver Imaging/Pancreas Imaging
- Parathyroid Imaging
- Pediatric Ultrasound (Baby Hips/Head) Imaging
- Pelvic Imaging
- Peripheral Vascular Doppler Imaging
- Pregnancy Imaging (1st Trimester only)
- Spleen Imaging
- Renal Imaging
- Staging of Rectal Carcinoma
- Testicular Imaging
- Thyroid Imaging
- Transvaginal Imaging
Our highly skilled radiologists and technical and support staff are trained in leading-edge technologies, maintaining the latest advances and best-practices standards. They are able to provide immediate comprehensive imaging services 24 hours a day when required, in radiology’s pristine, comfortable setting.
Widely respected in the region as a vital community resource, St. Vincent’s Department of Radiology has earned multi-modality accreditations by the American College of Radiology (ACR).For more information about pregnancy and fetal testing or gynecology questions, we invite you to visit our gynecology services, women’s imaging or Family Birthing Center sections.
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