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Effective imaging tests without radiation.

Ultrasounds give us information about many different medical conditions. Unlike some imaging tests, ultrasounds don’t use radiation. This makes them a safe and painless option for many patients, including women who are pregnant.

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. We use ultrasounds to capture real-time images of the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flow through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging tests for pregnancy

The type of ultrasound imaging test most patients are familiar with is fetal ultrasound. We use ultrasounds during pregnancy to evaluate the health of an unborn baby inside the mother’s womb. Sometimes your doctor may order another type of ultrasound called a biophysical profile to monitor a baby’s health in the last trimester of pregnancy.

Ultrasound imaging tests for other conditions

Ultrasounds can give us information about many health conditions. Some of the types of ultrasounds we offer include:

Some of the procedures we offer that are done through the Ultrasound department are:

For patients scheduled for these procedures at our other locations, you will be contacted by the interventional radiology department at your location prior to your scheduled appointment with preparation information.

What can I expect during my ultrasound?

All of our locations are accredited by the American College of Radiology, and all of our sonographers are registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

We conduct most ultrasounds by applying a warm gel to the skin and passing a special probe over the area being scanned. We may need to insert a probe into the body for some ultrasounds. Your doctor and sonographer will go over the details with you before your test.

Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions before your test, including dietary restrictions. Some ultrasounds require a full bladder so the sonographer can get a clear view during your test, so you may have to wait to urinate until after your ultrasound.

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