What Is Ultrasound?
is an imaging procedure that uses very high-frequency sound waves to produce
an image of many of the internal structures of the body. It is painless
and produces very precise images of certain parts of the body.
Why Is Ultrasound Performed?
uses high performance digital sound waves, not X-rays. For certain areas
of the body these sound waves can image as well or better than other imaging
devices. These sound waves are harmless and may be used with complete
safety, even on pregnant women.
ultrasound looks at internal organs such as gall bladder, kidney, or liver
to assess pain or other symptoms.
in females looks primarily at the uterus and ovaries, but the bladder
may also be visualized. In males, the pelvic ultrasound usually focuses
on the bladder and the prostate gland.
looks at the blood vessels in the neck arms, or legs to detect narrow
or blocked arteries, or blood clots in the veins.
What Can I Expect During An Abdominal Ultrasound
is positioned by the sonographer (technologist who performs the exam)
on an examination table. A clear warm gel is applied to the skin over
the area to be examined. This helps to transmit the sound waves by excluding
air and will not harm your skin or your clothes. A soft covered device
called a transducer is gently moved over the skin surface by the sonographer
and images are produced on a monitor.
What Can I Expect During A Pelvic Or Transvaginal
lies on a table with the abdominal area exposed and with a full bladder.
The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a clear
warm gel on the skin surface. The gel helps to transmit the sound waves
by excluding air and will not harm your skin or your clothes. An instrument
call a transducer is gently moved over the skin surface by the sonographer.
may include a transvaginal ultrasound to better see the ovaries and uterus.
In this exam the patient is asked to empty the bladder. The patient will
then be asked to place a covered transvaginal transducer (approximately
the size and shape of a tampon) into the vagina, or if the patient would
prefer, this will be placed by the female sonographer. The sonographer
will then gently manipulate the transducer to provide an internal ultrasound
examination. This is not painful and is the best way to evaluate the ovaries
What Can I Expect During A Vascular (Doppler) Examination?
will lie or sit on a table and the sonographer will put a clear warm gel
on the skin surface of the area to be studied. The gel helps to transmit
the sound waves by excluding air and will not harm your skin or your clothes.
The sonographer will then gently press a transducer along the area. If
the test is done on your neck, your head will be turned to the side, as
if you were looking over your shoulder.
doppler ultrasound you may hear a "swooshing" noise. This is the sound
of your blood flowing. You may also see tracings of your blood flow on
the screen. These are normal occurrences.
How Long Will My Ultrasound Examination Take?
ultrasound will take about 20 minutes. The pelvic ultrasound and the vascular
(doppler) ultrasound will take about 30 minutes.
Is The Ultrasound Examination Safe?
East Texas Open MRI & Diagnostics provide state of the art equipment with high
performance digital ultrasound with duplex and color doppler. The Radiologists
and technologists (sonographers) have extensive experience and training
in ultrasound. Since ultrasound uses sound waves rather than radiation,
it is harmless.
Do I Need A Referral (Prescription) To Have My
doctor must provide a referral (prescription) in order for you to receive
a examination. In addition, some insurance carriers or HMO’s require a
precertification. Please discuss this with your doctor and your insurance
company or HMO prior to your test.
When Will I Know The Results Of My Examination?
will review your study before you leave the Center to determine if the
information is complete. Preliminary results will be sent promptly to
your physician and a detailed written report of the procedure, findings,
and results will follow within several days. Your physician will then
call you to discuss the results. Urgent results will be telephoned immediately
to your doctor.
What Should I Do to Prepare for an Ultrasound Exam?
Please do not eat solid food or drink anything after midnight prior
to your exam. Routine medications may be taken with water only. If you
are diabetic, consult with your doctor.
Pelvic Or Transvaginal
Unless otherwise directed, there are no special preparations necessary.
No special preparation is necessary.
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