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What is Ultrasound?
Sound Waves Obtain Images
Ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to obtain images within the human body. The reflected sound waves display a real-time visual image which shows movement and blood flow.
Ultrasound has become increasingly popular in recent years due to advances in technology (tissue harmonics and power Doppler) as well as the advantage of the lack of radiation.
Imaging a Variety of Tissues
Ultrasound can be used to image a variety of tissues, including liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, bladder, abdominal, aorta, uterus and ovaries, bladder and gallbladder.
Our obstetrical ultrasound is used for screening healthy pregnancies, biophysical profiles and for emergency conditions such as ectopic pregnancy.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect?
Once the technologist has positioned you on the exam table, a clear gel is applied to the area of your body that is being examined. This gel allows the traducer to gather the images needed by eliminating any air pockets. Once the scan is complete, the Technologist will review the images and send them to be read by a Radiologist.
How do I prepare for the exam?
Different tests require different preparations. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything prior to your exam. Other tests will require you to have a full bladder. Please check with your physician’s office for the appropriate preparation for your test or call the Radiology department at (803) 791-2460.
How will my doctor get the results?
After your ultrasound is complete, a Radiologist will study the exam by looking at the images on a computer using our Picture Archiving & Communication System (PACS). This system allows the Radiologist to see the most detailed images possible. The Radiologist will issue a report and that report will be sent to your physician. Your doctor’s office will then contact you with the results.