What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are a safe imaging technique used to view the movement and structure of internal organs and/or blood vessels in real time. Also called sonograms, ultrasound images are captured using high-frequency sound waves, not radiation. The sound waves’ echoes are recorded and displayed in real-time, visual images. 

Ultrasound technicians use a hand-held device called a transducer to send sound waves through the body. The ultrasound travels through fluids and soft tissue, but if it hits denser material, it bounces back or echoes. It’s these echoes that create the images. Dense objects cause more ultrasound to bounce back and appear darker in the image produced. Various shades of gray in the images represent different densities. An ultrasound examination is fast, with very little discomfort. No radiation or X-rays are necessary. Ultrasound procedures are relatively quick from start to finish. 


Uses for a Ultrasound

A huge variety of medical conditions can be diagnosed using ultrasound technology. The images produced also help doctors come up with effective treatment plans. If you’re experiencing adverse symptoms like an infection, swelling or pain, your doctor may recommend an ultrasound to find the cause. 

In most cases, ultrasounds are tools that allow physicians to examine concerns related to circulation, abdominal issues, newborn care, urology, obstetrics, and even musculoskeletal conditions. Some of the most common parts of the body on which ultrasounds are utilized includes:

  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Heart
  • Blood vessels
  • Kidneys
  • Uterus
  • Bladder
  • And more

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After the Exam

Once your scan is complete, a Radiologist will examine the images. Your physician will receive the images and reports via PACS and fax. Contact your physician directly to discuss your results. Results are also available through the Patient Portal. Allow 3 to 5 business days.


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