Ultrasound, also called sonography, is a type of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images within your body. Ultrasound uses no radiation. An instrument called a transducer emits high-frequency sound, inaudible to human ears, and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. Most Ultrasound examinations are done using an Ultrasound device outside your body, though some involve placing a device inside your body.
For some scans, you may be asked to not eat or drink for up to six hours before the exam.
Others, you may need to drink up to six glasses of water two hours before the exam and not urinate until the exam is completed. If you are unsure what type of exam you are scheduled for, please contact U.S. MRI for clarification.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The time that you are scheduled for allows for 15 minutes of filling out paperwork and changing into scrubs that we will provide for you. We will also provide a locker for you to put your belongings in. Jewelry, glasses, hearing aids, dentures, hairpins, credit cards, coins, keys, and other metal objects will need to be removed and placed in the provided locker before going into the Ultrasound room. All valuables should be left at home.
Ultrasound scans are individualized and tailored to each patient’s needs. Total scan times range from 15 to 45 minutes for each exam.
After the Ultrasound exam, a U.S. MRI radiologist will read the images and a radiology report will be faxed to your referring physician. Your doctor will provide you with your results at your follow-up appointment.