Frequently Asked Questions

What is Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound imaging, also known as diagnostic ultrasound, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body’s tissues, structures, and blood flow. A transducer/probe and ultrasound gel work together to transmit and receive ultrasound waves, creating images on the monitor without the use of ionizing radiation.

What Are the Types of Ultrasound Exams Performed at Jefferson Radiology?

Jefferson Radiology offers a wide range of ultrasound examinations, including:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound: Examines organs such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys.
  • Breast Ultrasound: Evaluates breast tissue, often used to investigate breast abnormalities found during a mammogram.
  • Carotid Ultrasound: Assesses the carotid arteries in the neck to detect blockages or narrowing that may lead to stroke.
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Evaluates muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
  • Pelvic Ultrasound: Visualizes female reproductive organs, including the uterus and ovaries.
  • Scrotal Ultrasound: Examines the testicles and surrounding tissues.
  • Thyroid Ultrasound: Evaluates the thyroid gland for nodules and other abnormalities.
  • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy: Uses ultrasound to guide the removal of a tissue sample from the breast.
  • Venous Extremity Ultrasound (DVT): Detects blood clots in the veins, particularly in the legs.

What Are Some Other Common Types of Ultrasound Exams?

In addition to the types of ultrasounds performed at Jefferson Radiology, other common ultrasound exams include:

  • Doppler Ultrasound: Measures the flow of blood through the blood vessels, helping to detect blockages or abnormalities.
  • Transrectal Ultrasound: Used primarily to view the prostate gland and surrounding tissues.
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound: Utilized to view the uterus and ovaries and is often used in gynecological exams.
  • Transesophageal Echocardiogram: This specialized ultrasound examines the heart via the esophagus, providing detailed images of heart function and structure.

How Does an Ultrasound Exam Work?

Ultrasound exams use a transducer/probe that emits high-frequency sound waves. These sound waves bounce off internal organs and soft tissue structures, and the returning echoes are captured to produce real-time images on a monitor.

Why Might I Need an Ultrasound Exam?

Ultrasound examinations are versatile and can be used to view various internal organs and soft tissues. They help in diagnosing conditions related to blood vessels, organs, and tissues without the need for invasive procedures. Common uses include examining the liver, kidneys, gallbladder, heart, and reproductive organs.

What Should I Expect During an Ultrasound Exam?

The duration of the exam will depend on the type of ultrasound being performed. Typically, ultrasound exams take around 30 minutes. You will lie on an examination table while the technologist applies a gel to your skin to help transmit sound waves. The transducer is then moved over the area of interest to capture images.

Do I Need to Prepare for an Ultrasound Exam?

Preparation for ultrasound exams may vary. Some exams may require you to eat or drink certain things, while others may require fasting. Your healthcare provider will give you specific instructions based on the type of ultrasound you are scheduled for.

Are Ultrasound Exams Safe?

Yes, ultrasound exams are safe as they do not use ionizing radiation. They are non-invasive and have no known harmful effects, making them a preferred method for monitoring and diagnosing various medical conditions.

Where Can I Get an Ultrasound Exam?

Jefferson Radiology offers comprehensive ultrasound imaging services. Our team of experienced technologists and radiologists are dedicated to providing accurate and timely diagnostic information to support your healthcare needs.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact us.


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