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Ultrasound Imaging is available at these locations:
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 sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image.
During an ultrasound exam, a device called a transducer passes over the skin of the area to be examined. A series of images are produced and analyzed by an experienced radiologist.
Experience the Southtowns Difference for your Ultrasound Exam
Southtowns Radiology is committed to offering you the best experience possible during your ultrasound exam. All of our ultrasound rooms utilize Canon Aplio i700 units, which were purchased in 2021. These brand new, state-of-the-art units offer 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 technologists are highly skilled diagnostic medical sonographers who have earned and who maintain their certification with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.
How do I prepare for my Ultrasound Exam?
All medical imaging studies, including ultrasound exams, require a prescription and a pre-scheduled appointment. Prescriptions can be faxed to 716.649.9005, or you can bring your written order from your healthcare provider. Same-day appointments will be offered when available.
You must arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
Test preparation depends on the type of Ultrasound ordered. Specific instructions may be given by the ordering physician’s office. No preparation is needed for breast, thyroid, scrotal (testicular), carotid, venous and arterial ultrasound exams.
Preparation for other tests:
Abdominal, Aorta and Renal Arterial Ultrasound: Nothing to eat or drink for 8-12 hours prior. Medication can be taken with as little water as possible. Please advise the scheduler if you are diabetic so that we can schedule you for the earliest appointment available.
Renal Ultrasound: Drink 24 oz. water one hour prior to exam and DO NOT VOID.
Pelvic and Pregnancy Ultrasound (First trimester only < 13 weeks): PLEASE DRINK 32 OZ OF WATER OR CLEAR LIQUID, FINISH DRINKING 1 HOUR PRIOR TO EXAM. 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 any blood thinner five days before your ultrasound-guided biopsy.
During Your Thyroid Biopsy: 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.
How will I receive the results from my Ultrasound Exam?
Following your ultrasound exam at Southtowns Radiology, your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. They will provide a detailed report, which may include recommendations for follow up, to your healthcare provider. Reports are typically provided within 24 hours or on the next business day. You should expect to hear your scan results from your healthcare provider directly.
If you are enrolled in HEALTHeLINK, your images and our radiologist’s report will be available for your healthcare provider to access and to review electronically in your record. Southtowns Radiology will also send the report to any other medical professionals, including specialists or primary care providers, that you indicated should receive a copy.
Your healthcare providers are able to access the images taken during your ultrasound exam, and our radiologist’s report, anytime via our secure physician portal. Southtowns Radiology can provide copies of your ultrasound images on CD when requested by you or your provider.
If you still have questions – we’re here to help. Give us a call at 716.649.9000.
Southtowns Radiology specializes in the following Ultrasound Exams:
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
- Arterial Dopplers (Hamburg only)
- Breast Biopsy with Ultrasound Guidance (Orchard Park only)
- Breast Ultrasound
- First Trimester Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
- Thyroid Ultrasound
- Thyroid Biopsy with Ultrasound Guidance (Orchard Park only)
Ultrasound Exams we offer include:
- Axilla – Lymph Nodes under Arm
- Bladder – Urine Retention
- Carotid Doppler
- Pelvis (including Transabdominal and Transvaginal)
- Renal Arterial Doppler
- Venous Doppler