Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (x-rays) is involved in ultrasound imaging. Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus.
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs; including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, blood vessels, uterus, bladder, ovaries and breasts. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs. This enables physicians to see blood flow and dynamic functions. Ultrasound is a quick, safe and painless examination.
Digital ultrasound is the latest generation of ultrasound equipment. It is more reliable, easier to use and provides better images than the older analog ultrasound equipment. Another benefit is the digital recordings produced, which become a part of your computerized medical records here at InHealth Imaging.
Exam results are communicated to the patient directly after the exam. At InHealth, we believe that all of our patients should be presented their results without delay. Shortly after the patient is seen, the images and results are shared with the ordering physician through our secure Picture Archiving & Communications System (PACS) portal.
Preparing for your ultrasound exam
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You will need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area of examination. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
Other preparation depends on the type of examination you will be receiving, and our schedulers will inform you of the appropriate preparations for the exam. For some scans, your doctor may instruct you to drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to the exam and avoid urinating so that the bladder is full for the scan.