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What is Ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan (also referred to as a sonography) uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of some part of the inside of the body, such as the abdominal organs, heart, thyroid and blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of conditions and diseases. Our certified medical ultrasonographers are dedicated to pursuing excellence and taking the time necessary to provide quality service.
ACR Ultrasound Accreditation -The Ultrasound Department at Silver Cross Hospital received a 3-year accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
How is the Ultrasound Performed?
You will lie down for the test and a clear, water-based gel is applied to the skin on the area to be examined. The gel helps with the transmission of the sound waves. Most ultrasound examinations are done using a handheld probe or transducer outside your body, though some ultrasound examinations involve placing a device inside your body. The transducer is moved over the area being examined. You may need to change position so that other areas can be examined.
Preparing for Your Ultrasound
- You will be asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to register for your exam. A typical procedure averages 30 to 45 minutes depending on the information required by your physician.
- Patients should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to change as they may be asked to wear a gown for their procedure.
- You may asked to remove personal items such as jewelry, eyeglasses, keys, phones and other objects that may interfere with the test.
- Results are normally available to your physician in 24-48 hours.
Pregnancy and Obstetric Ultrasound Information
Ultrasound is a specialized exam using sound waves to visualize your baby. During pregnancy, ultrasound is a key tool in checking a baby's health and development and is considered safe for mother and baby. No radiation is involved.
Will I be able to find out the sex of my baby?
Depending upon the baby's position and gestational age, we can tell you what sex we think the baby will be. Please keep in mind that ultrasound is not 100% accurate in fetal sex determination.
Are there instructions for my pregnancy ultrasound?
- Plan on being at the hospital or imaging center for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
- Empty your bladder 1½ hours before your appointment.
- Immediately, begin to drink 32 oz. of water (3-4 glasses). You should finish drinking your water at least one hour before your appointment.
**DO NOT empty your bladder until instructed to do so by the sonographer**
Can I get a Digital Recording of My baby?
Keepsake still 2D images of your baby will be provided. Please be aware that fetal position may limit our ability to obtain optimal keepsake images.
Cell phone pictures and videos are not allowed.
Who can I bring with me?
An adult friend or relative may accompany you, but small children are not permitted in the ultrasound suite.
When will my results be available?
Results will be available for your doctor in 2-3 days.
The technologist who performs the ultrasound will not discuss results, and we appreciate if you do not ask them to do so.
Here are some of the Ultrasound services we offer:
- Non Obstetric Pelvis