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Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound Imaging

 Ultrasound imaging - sometimes referred to as ultrasound scanning or sonography - is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The images are captured in real time and show movement of internal organs as well as fluids such as blood.  Because no x-rays (ionizing radiation) are used, it is a safe procedure with no pain or discomfort to the patient.

 

Frequently asked questions:
Q:
What can I expect when I go for an ultrasound?
A: This is determined by the body part that needs to be examined. Most ultrasound scans will involve the patient being undressed and donning a gown for the examination.  The sonographer will examine the appropriate area by first putting a clear gel on the area of interest and then placing a probe against the skin. The ultrasound image is immediately visible on the monitor. The sonographer will present the recorded images to the radiologist who will then scan the same area in order to make a diagnosis.

Q: When will I get the result?
A: After the scan has been completed the radiologist will report on the findings. He/she might discuss preliminary results with the patient at the time of the scan being performed. The patient will receive a written report to give to the referring doctor, usually the same day. If any images have been recorded they will be included either as a film or a CD for future reference.


Q: Do I need to make an appointment?
A: Ultrasound imaging of certain organs is optimized when the appropriate preparation procedure has been followed. When you make the appointment our reception staff will inform you of these preparations, specific to each type of ultrasound. For more information please select a specific ultrasound examination from the headings above.


We perform a wide range of general and specialized ultrasound examinations in our practice. Select from the above sub links to navigate.

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