What is an Ultrasound?
- Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view
internal organs to produce images of the human body. It is noninvasive,
which means it does not penetrate the skin or body openings, and Diagnostic,
which means it is used to determine what disease or condition is present.
The technical term for ultrasound imaging is sonography.
- One of the most common uses for ultrasound is to view the uterus and fetus
during pregnancy. Ultrasound scanning is often performed about 16 to 18
weeks into the pregnancy.
Ultrasound is very safe and painless procedure so there is little risk.
Ultrasound can be used to diagnose different causes for ailments such as
- Abdominal – Cause of stomach pain, looking for stones in Kidney or
gallbladder, Pyloric stenosis, one cause for vomiting in babies or suspicion
- Kidney - Urinary tract infection, cause for blood in the urine, high blood
pressure, back or abdominal pain, known or suspected kidney stones or
family history of kidney disease
Some of the exams we offer in US imaging at MMCSC include the following:
Abdominal, Pelvic, Obstetrical (OB/GYN), Biopsy, Aorta, Lower Extremity
Venous Doppler, Carotid and Thyroid exams.
Ultrasound exam requires limited preparation ranging depending on the type
of exam. It can range from no preparation to limited fasting for several
hours prior to the liver or gallbladder exam.
For a scan in early pregnancy the patient is asked to drink several glasses
of water for a full bladder for a few hours prior to the exam.
How long will the US exam take?
Ultrasound exams are a relatively quick exam ranging from ten minutes to
45 minutes depending on the exam.
What to expect during the exam:
The patient will be asked to lie down on a table for the scan. Clothing
over the area to be scanned is removed, and a special warm oil or gel
is applied to the skin. This is to achieve good contact as the transducer
(probe) is passed back and forth. The patient can resume normal activity
immediately after the test.
Getting your results:
Your Ultrasound images will be analyzed by a radiologist, a physician who
specializes in Ultrasound testing. The radiologist will send a signed
report which includes an interpretation of the image to your primary physician.
Your physician will receive your results soon after. At MMCSC we also
offer our patients a free copy of their exam on CD to share with their
Our Team of Specialists:
Our board certified Radiologists are specially trained to diagnose and
interpret the images. The Ultrasound technologists are specially trained
in the theory and practice of Sonography procedures, administer and operate
the equipment used during the procedure. The technologists are board certified
(ARDMS) and the MMCSC is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.