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An ultrasound exam is a safe diagnostic procedure that uses very-high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of many of the internal structures of the body. Ultrasound procedures are non-invasive and do not use radiation.
Ultrasounds may be used to examine internal organs like the liver, reproductive organs, or blood vessels.
Some ultrasound exams may require specific preparation prior to the exam, such as fasting or having a full bladder. Instructions will be provided, if necessary, during scheduling of your procedure.
Preparing for your Exam: Before, During, After
Before Your Ultrasound Scan
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled appointment
- Please wear comfortable loose fitting clothing. A gown may be provided as well.
During Your Ultrasound Scan
- A sonographer, a health care professional specially trained in the use of ultrasound, will apply a gel to the skin over the area being examined. The gel maximizes contact between the transducer (a microphone-like device) and the skin, thereby producing high quality images.
- The sonographer then passes the transducer over the targeted area and obtains the desired diagnostic data. Depending on the type of exam, you may have to lie still, change positions, or hold your breath.
After Your Ultrasound Scan
- A radiologist specialized in ultrasound imaging will review the results and discuss them with your doctor. Your doctor will explain the results to you.
Ultrasound uses sound waves, not X-rays. Multiple studies have shown that these sound waves are harmless and may be used with complete safety, even on pregnant women.