Ultrasound imaging (also called Sonography) is a method of obtaining diagnostic images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is used as a diagnostic tool that can assist doctors in making recommendations for further treatment.
What are some common used of Ultrasound?
- Viewing an unborn fetus
- Examining many of the body’s internal organ, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and ovaries.
- Enabling physicians to see blood flow.
- Evaluating superficial structures, such as the thyroid gland and the scrotum (testicles).
- Lower extremity vascular ultrasound to evaluate for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
What should I expect during this exam?
After being positioned on the table, a clear gel will be applied to the area under examination. This will help the transducer make contact with the skin. The technologist will firmly press the transducer against the skin and move it back and forth to image the area.
After the examination is complete and the gel has been wiped off, you may be asked to wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed by the radiologist.
What will I experience during this exam?
Most ultrasound exams are painless. A gel will be applied to your skin, and there may be varying degrees of discomfort and pressure as the technologist guides the transducer over your body, especially if you are required to undergo the exam with a full bladder.
Some things to know before your visit.
Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
For all exams, please wear comfortable clothing.
FOR ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your scheduled appointment. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
FOR PELVIC ULTRASOUND
Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Drink 32 oz. (4 to 5 glasses) of water one hour prior to your exam.
Hold bladder full, NO VOIDING.
FOR RENAL (KIDNEYS and BLADDER) ULTRASOUND
No food 8 hours prior to your exam.
Drink 24 oz. of water one hour prior to your exam.
Hold bladder full, NO VOIDING
FOR OB (PREGNANCY)
Please drink 32 oz. of water (4-5 glasses) 1 hour prior to your scheduled appointment. Do not use the restroom; your bladder must be full.
FOLLOWING YOUR VISIT
Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 805-434-1491. The center accepts most health plans and also offers cash rates.