Diagnostic Ultrasound, also referred to as Sonography, uses sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. These real-time images can provide important information for diagnosing and mapping treatment options for a variety of diseases and conditions. Ultrasound is also used during pregnancy to monitor the developing baby’s health and for image guidance during certain procedures.
Ultrasound exams typically take from 30 – 60 minutes. During the procedure, the Ultrasound Technician passes a handheld transducer over an area of your body, coated with a thin layer of gel, or inside a body opening for certain procedures such as Transesophageal Echocardiogram, Transrectal Ultrasound and Transvaginal Ultrasound. Ultrasounds are typically painless and are considered to be safe with no known risks or harmful side effects.
Some examples of Diagnostic Ultrasounds include:
- Abdominal Ultrasound
- Breast Ultrasound
- Doppler Ultrasound (This special technique allows your health care provider to evaluate blood flow)
- Kidney Ultrasound
- Pelvic Ultrasound
- Thyroid Ultrasound
Some conditions that may be detected by Ultrasound include:
- Abnormal growths, such as tumors
- Aortic Aneurysm
- Bladder Stones
- Blood Clots
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Enlarged Spleen
- Gallbladder Disease, including Gallstones
- Kidney Stones
All Heritage Valley Health System Ultrasound Technicians are specially trained to perform Ultrasound procedures safely and properly. There should not be any limitations on your normal activities following an Ultrasound.
To schedule an Ultrasound, please call 1-866-901-IMAG (4624).