Ultrasound produces images from inside the human body using high-frequency sound waves to observe the body’s internal organs. Images are computed in real time, which allows radiologists and physicians to observe tissue movement and blood flow crucial to the diagnosis of many illnesses. No radiation is involved in ultrasound. Ultrasound is commonly used to evaluate the thyroid gland, breasts, abdominal and pelvic organs, testes and blood flow in arteries and veins.
Preparation is minimal and varies depending on the body area to be examined. Preparation instructions will be given when the exam is scheduled. If you are pregnant, please inform the staff as soon as possible.
Exams vary in length but usually do not exceed 30 minutes.
After your exam, the radiologist will review your images and a report will be sent directly to your physician. Reports are available within 24 to 72 hours.