General Ultrasound

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Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images that differentiate between the body's soft tissues and its fluid-filled structures. Ultrasound procedures can also be used to detect motion, such as the movement of blood cells.

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You may be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive, radiation-free diagnostic test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of body tissues
  • There are generally no dietary restrictions
  • The exam is painless, non-invasive, and there are no known side effects
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves higher than human hearing can detect
  • The procedure typically lasts for 30 minutes, but the duration varies depending on the structure being examined


Why is This Exam Done?

Ultrasound can be used to study parts of the body such as blood vessels, heart, and other organs. It can also be used for women who are pregnant to check the health of the unborn baby. Ultrasound can also be used diagnostically to detect diseases like cancer, blood clots, and more.

What Will Happen During the Exam?

Our experienced and caring sonographers who will be performing your exam are specifically accredited in Ultrasound, and have been trained on our state of the art equipment.

The ultrasound sonographer will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear. He or she will then apply a special gel directly on the skin above the area to be examined to increase sound wave conduction and reception. The sonographer will then press the transducer against your skin and may move the transducer back and forth to get clear images of the underlying blood vessels and structures.

People who undergo a duplex ultrasound may hear a "whooshing" sound timed with their heartbeat. This is an echocardiogram machine's translation of the sound of blood in motion.

The procedure typically lasts for 30 minutes, but the duration varies depending on the structure being examined.

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How Should I Prepare?

The physician will provide any special instructions regarding medications as needed. There are generally no food or liquid restrictions, but your physician will specify if there is. Before the test is administered, you may be asked to change into a gown.
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of General Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound images are shown in real-time as they happen
  • The structure and movement of the body's internal organs and structures are able to be seen and recorded
  • The exam is painless and non-invasive

Risks you should be aware of:

  • There are no known risks for ultrasound
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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform general ultrasound at nine of our office locations:

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