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IMAGING-000014617654What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound (sometimes referred to as a sonography or a sonogram) is a non-invasive and painless procedure that uses sound waves to create images that will help your physician make an accurate diagnosis.

If your physician has ordered an Ultrasound exam, it can be performed at our ProHealth Physicians imaging centers or, in some cases, your physician’s office.

You may be asked to change into an exam gown.

A technologist will apply a water-soluble gel to the area to be scanned. Light pressure will be applied to the area being scanned as the ultrasound is completed. The length of your exam will be determined by the type of exam ordered.

When your ultrasound is completed, the studies will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist, compared to any previous studies, and results will be reported to your physician.

Ultrasounds can examine:

  • Kidneys (renal) and bladder
  • Abdomen, including the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, and aorta
  • Pelvis
  • Scrotum
  • Thyroid
  • Carotid (neck)
  • Venous Doppler or arm or leg to rule out blood clots
  • Non-vascular extremities
  • ABI to rule out peripheral arterial disease

To learn how to prepare for your ultrasound exam, click here.