Ultrasounds, they are one of the most popular diagnostic imaging tools in medicine. Most people only think ultrasounds are useful for monitoring pregnancies, and think that they serve no other purpose. We are here to tell you that this is false! Ultrasounds have many uses, and are a favorite among patients here at Advanced Imaging Centers, because of a ton of reasons.

 

What is an ultrasound?

 

An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create a live picture of what’s going on inside your body.

 

Why is an ultrasound used?

 

A doctor will usually order an ultrasound if your doctor needs a closer look at your organs. When a patient complains of pain, swelling, or bleeding in the internal organs an ultrasound will most likely be used. An ultrasound is also used in surgical procedures for surgeons to see their guided movements. 

 

How do you prepare for an ultrasound?

 

Depending what is being examined, preparation for the procedure can vary from person to person. Sometimes if you are getting your stomach examined, a doctor will tell you to fast for 12 hours, because food can block sound waves. Your doctor will ask what medications you are taking no matter what the procedure is.

 

Are there any risks associated with an ultrasound?

 

Ultrasounds have a very low risk associated with them. They do not use radiation, and are known to be one of the safest imaging procedures.

 

How is an ultrasound performed?

 

You will first lay down on a table, with the part of your body being examined, exposed. Then, a lubricating jelly will be spread on your skin. This jelly helps so that there is no friction between the skin and the ultrasound transducer, the jelly also helps transmit sound waves. The transducer then emits sound waves, as the sound waves hit dense objects they echo, and these echoes appear on the computer screen as a picture. These sound waves are too high to be heard by humans, making for a pleasant procedure for the patient.

 

How long does an ultrasound take?

 

An ultrasound typically takes 30 minutes to complete, but can take longer depending on the organ.

 

What happens after the procedure?

 

After the ultrasound is compete, you are free to go about your daily activities. Your doctor will look over the images of your ultrasound, and contact you about any abnormalities, follow up procedures, or discuss further treatment.

 

Ultrasounds are easy, and painless, and are performed easily by a doctor. If you’re looking for a doctor to make your ultrasound a breeze, contact us at Advanced Imaging Centers, and make an appointment.