What is an ultrasound?
An Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive method which produces images of structures withing the body. Ultrasound works by bouncing sound waves off the inside of the body. No radiation is involved. This technique is sometimes called sonography or sonar.
We use ultrasound as an important diagnostic tool which can provide your physician with information that can guide your care for clinical management.
What to expect?
Ultrasound exams are painless for the most part. A clear gel will be applied to your skin, the gel is used to eliminate air bubbles between the transducer and your body. There will be pressure applied to make secure contact with the skin to ensure that the sound waves are accurate and visualization of the area of interest is good. Some tests will require a full bladder to begin and the examination usually takes from 15 to 30 minutes, after which you will be able to return to your normal activities.
Ashley Laga BS, RT (R), RDMS, RVT.
Our registered diagnostic medical sonographer and is also registered in vascular sonography. She has her bachelor's degree in health and human sciences/administration and a history of working in x-ray for years prior to ultrasound.