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Ultrasound (US) imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The reflected soundwave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image.
These procedures do require preparation and an appointment. You must bring the written requisition form from your physician and arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the examination.
The ultrasound procedure involves passing a device called a transducer over the skin of the area to be examined. A series of images are produced and analyzed by an experienced radiologist. Southtowns Radiology routinely utilizes state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, which allows for the production of high-quality images for medical diagnosis over a wide range of anatomical areas and clinical indications, including abdominal, gynecology, vascular, and other soft tissues of the body. Each location where ultrasound services are offered is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our diagnostic medical sonographers are highly skilled professionals who have earned and who maintain their certification with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
Test preparation depends on the type of Ultrasound ordered. Specific instructions will be given by ordering physician’s office.
No preparation is needed for breast, thyroid, scrotal (testicular), carotid, venous and arterial exam.
Preparation for other tests:
Abdominal, Aorta and Renal Arterial: Nothing to eat or drink for 8-12 hours prior. Medication can be taken with as little water as possible. Please advise scheduler if you are diabetic for earliest appointment.
Renal: Drink 24 oz. water one hour prior to exam and DO NOT VOID
Pelvic and Pregnancy ultrasound (First trimester only < 13 weeks): Patient should drink 32 oz. of water 1 hour prior to exam and DO NOT VOID. No Endometrial Biopsy or Cervical procedure within the prior 72 hours. Transvaginal exams are performed in most cases after the full bladder scan. Patient is allowed to void prior to Transvaginal scan.
Sonohysterogram: Patients are scanned optimally between day 4-10 from start of menstrual cycle. Patients should not be actively bleeding. Patient is advised to take 400mg Motrin or Advil prior to procedure. No Endometrial Biopsy or Cervical procedures within 10 days prior.
Ultrasound-Guided Thyroid Biopsy: You can eat and drink normally before your procedure. Please consult your physician about stopping Coumadin (blood thinner) five days before your ultrasound-guide biopsy. During Your Exam: You may be given a local anesthetic or a cold, numbing spray. This will only numb the area around the site of the procedure. You will remain fully awake. The technologist will scan you using an ultrasound probe. During the time when the needle is inserted we ask you not to talk or swallow. The doctor often will perform more than one biopsy/needle stick. The imaging physician will perform the biopsy and remove a tissue sample. This biopsy itself usually takes approximately 15-30 minutes.