Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging (also called sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs and tissues inside your body. A handheld wand, also called a probe, sends the sound waves into your body, and the way they are reflected back to the machine creates two and three dimensional images that allows the radiologist to observe the targeted area of the body. Ultrasound is often used in obstetrics and gynecology, cardiology, urology, and in the detection of cancer. Additionally, Salem Radiology is unique in its ability to perform ultrasound scans to evaluate orthopedic conditions such as rotator cuff tears and abnormalities of the foot. Ultrasound is advantageous because it does not use radiation and is typically a less expensive imaging option.

How to prepare:

  • Upper Abdomen (liver, gall bladder, biliary ducts, pancreas, and para-aortic region):
    Take nothing by mouth after midnight of the night before your exam.
  • Aorta:
    Take nothing by mouth after midnight of the night before your exam.
  • Pelvis (uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries):
    Drink 32 oz. of water ½ hour prior to your exam. No voiding until exam is complete.
  • Obstetrical:
    Drink 20 oz. of water ½ hour prior to your exam. No voiding until exam is complete.
  • Other (appendix, breast, carotid, renal, shoulder, thyroid, other musculoskeletal):
    No preparation required.

 

Length of exam:

Varies between 30 and 60 minutes, depending upon the type of exam requested by your physician.

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