- 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
- 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 the following:
- Abdominal – Cause of stomach pain, looking
for stones in Kidney or gallbladder, Pyloric stenosis,
one cause for vomiting in babies or suspicion of appendicitis.
- 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
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
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.
Ultrasound exams are a relatively quick exam ranging from
ten minutes to 45 minutes depending on 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.
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 KMC we also offer our
patients a free copy of their exam on CD to share with their
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 KMC is fully accredited by the
American College of Radiology.