Your doctor has referred you for an ultrasound exam.
- Ultrasound is a safe, efficient and comfortable procedure which helps your doctor evaluate your medical condition.
- Diagnostic ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the body’s internal organs. You will be able to see these ultrasound pictures on a screen during the examination, and they will be recorded for a permanent record. Our radiologists will study these films, then send a report to your doctor.
Advanced Imaging Centers of Amarillo use state-of-the-art technologies utilized by GE. When operating the Ultrasound machine, the patient, technologist and any other attending family in the room do not need to be concerned about exposure to ionizing radiation as in other exams such as CT or X-Ray. In fact, your physician may order an ultrasound in the case of Gallbladder pathology and other disease processes of the abdomen before ordering any other test. This is also due do the minimally invasive nature of the exam.
How Ultrasound Imaging Works:
- Your doctor tells us about your symptoms and the sonographer (the medical person conducting your examination) will ask you additional questions about your symptoms, and then ultrasonically scan the area(s) of concern. Ultrasound studies are often used to determine abnormalities of the organs within the abdomen and pelvis, or to study a pregnancy. Ultrasound is also used to study blood vessels and blood flow.
- Ultrasound pictures are produced by directing a small beam of high-frequency sound waves at the organs being studied. The sound waves echo or bounce off the body’s internal structures. The returning echoes are then received by the imaging equipment to produce pictures on a TV screen.
Preparing for the exam:
- For an abdominal ultrasound, you should not eat or drink for eight hours prior to you examination. Continue to take your prescribed medications.
What to Expect:
- For most ultrasound exams, you will be asked to change from your clothing and wear a gown.
- A warm gel will be applied to the skin. This clear gel conducts the sound beam and allows the ultrasound probe to pass smoothly over your skin. The gel will be removed after your examination, and it will not stain your skin or clothing.
- There are no special precautions, warnings or contraindications for noninvasive ultrasound examinations.