Ultrasound is a simple, painless, and safe diagnostic procedure which works by bouncing high- frequency sound waves off of parts of the body and captures the returning “echoes” as images. Ultrasound images are viewed as “live” images showing various functions of the body such as the heart beating. Ultrasound can capture moving images of the pelvic, abdominal function, breast abnormalities, kidney and thyroid function, and fetal development. The individual performing the examination is a specially trained, board certified technologist, known as an ultrasonographer.
What to Expect
You will be asked to remove articles of clothing or jewelry around the area being examined. The technologist may give you special instructions during the examination, such as holding your breath to help keep the echoes from blurring. The procedure starts with the ultrasonographer applying the “conducting gel”. The gel acts to help carry the sound waves and enhance the transducer. She will then move a probed device known as a transducer over the skin which acts to pass sound waves through the body and capture the echoes. Images are instantly projected onto a television like monitor and recorded to film or videotape for the radiologist to review and interpret. The exam may take anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes.
|How to Prepare
Southern New Hampshire Radiology utilizes ultrasound to further evaluate suspicious areas that may be detected on mammogram examinations. Most procedures do not require any preparation. If preparation is necessary, you will be instructed at the time the appointment is booked.How will I find out the results
Your test will be reviewed by a radiologist specially trained in this type of procedure. He or She will report the results to your physician. You should contact the physician who sent you to us to obtain the results.