What is Ultrasound?

Doctor performing an ultrasound on a patient Ultrasound is a painless and safe procedure in which sound waves are bounced off internal organs of the body, creating an image for the radiologist or other physician to use for diagnostic purposes.

Ultrasounds produce exact pictures of soft tissue while registering internal motions of the body such as heartbeat and blood flow. Ultrasounds allow physicians to see internal processes in real-time, ideal for both locating abnormal tissue and monitoring activities such as fetal development.

Sonographers, the technicians who perform ultrasound procedures, are highly proficient and educated and work closely with our radiologists. These radiologists, who specialize in imaging procedures such as X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound and nuclear medicine, will closely oversee your examination to ensure that the most accurate information is collected.

What to Expect:

The procedure will begin with the sonographer applying an oil or transmission gel to the area that will be inspected. Then, a transducer is passed over the body part in question, sending information by signal to a nearby computer. The computer processes the signal and forms the ultrasound image, which will assist the physician with diagnosis.