Ultrasound is a valuable imaging tool in the diagnostic field. Also known as sonography, it can be used to view any solid organ and many blood vessels in the body without radiation. Organs like the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, uterus, ovaries, testicles, and thyroid can be examined. Ultrasound is also used to determine the stage of pregnancy, check the baby's position in the uterus and assess the unborn baby's general health, but is not used for gender identification. During the procedure, a gel is applied to the affected area and then a small probe is moved gently across the skin. High frequency sound waves, inaudible to the human ear, create images on the screen.
Please register in Admitting/Registration 15 minutes prior to your Radiology appointment.
- Always notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
- The following exams require you to have nothing by mouth after midnight prior to the exam: gallbladder, renal, and aorta.
- Certain examinations, such as pelvic and obstetrics, require a full bladder.
- Patients should drink 3 to 4-8 ounce glasses of water 1 hour prior to the exam.