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 probe and gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The probe then collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. The images 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 you 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 doctor.
- 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 doctor in 24-48 hours.
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
Also see: Ultrasounds during pregnancy