An Ultrasound is a diagnostic technique that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the organs and various structures of the body. This test can be used for many purposes including taking pictures of the heart, abdominal organs and blood vessels.
During this procedure, sound waves are sent through the body by a device transducer. The sonographer will apply a colorless, odorless gel to the body part being examined, which allows the transducer to move freely across the surface of the body part. The echos are then transmitted to a computer monitor where the images may be videotaped for future viewing. Ultrasound examinations are painless and harmless.
Ultrasounds are performed by a technologist that is registered with the AART (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) and the RDMS (Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers). Ultrasounds are read by a radiologist.
To have an ultrasound performed at our facility, a
Beaver Family Clinic health care provider must order the test.
We conduct the following type of ultrasound test:
- Abdominal - Gallbladder, Kidneys, Aorta
- Pelvic (Transabdominal)
- Surface ultrasound
- Vascular (Blood vessels) ultrasound
- Carotid ultrasound
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the exam is scheduled. If you are scheduled for a late afternoon appointment, you may have for breakfast, in small portions: boiled egg, dry toast, Jell-O, black coffee, soft drinks or water.
NO DAIRY PRODUCTS. You may have water anytime throughout the day. Nothing other than water after noon.
- Nothing to eat or drink except water for 8 hours before your test.
- Drink one quart/five large glasses of water before you arrive for your appointment. Your bladder must be filled and you cannot empty your bladder until the exam is completed. It is recommended that you drink the water 20 - 30 minutes before your exam is to start.
- You must bring your latest mammography x-ray films with you to your ultrasound appointment. If you do not, your appointment will have to be rescheduled for a later time.