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Ultrasound

These are procedures for the patient that do not require needles, contrast, or exposure to radiation. Sound waves are used to see inside the body.

PELVIC ULTRASOUND

This procedure is painless and does not expose you to radiation. Ultrasound works by sending high frequency sound waves into the pelvic region.The preparation that you go through is of vital importance to the outcome of your examination.

You may be asked to drink five (5) 8 oz. glasses of non-carbonated liquid one hour prior to the exam. Do not empty your bladder. This exam may not be performed unless your bladder is full. At the beginning of the exam, you will be asked to lie still on a table. A gel will be applied to the area being scanned, and a transducer will pass lightly across your lower abdomen. It is necessary that the lower part of your abdomen be exposed during this exam. A series of images will be taken. When we are satisfied with the quality, you will be allowed to empty your bladder and go home.  A report will be sent to your physician.

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

This procedure is performed the same way as the pelvic ultrasound.

You may be instructed not to eat or drink after midnight, and prior to your exam.

If you are on medication for heart, high blood pressure, or diabetes, you may take your medication as prescribed. At the beginning of the exam you will lie still on a table. A gel will be applied to the area being examined, and a transducer will pass lightly across your upper abdomen, it is necessary that the upper part of your abdomen be exposed during this exam.

Ultrasound works by sending high frequency sound waves into the abdomen. The pattern of echoes from these sound waves is converted into an image (sonogram) of the abdomen’s interior, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys.

ECHOCARDIOGRAM

An Echocardiogram and/or Cardiac Doppler exam is a procedure for the patient, as it requires no needles or contrast and does not expose you to radiation.  It uses the same ultrasound machine used in other procedures.  This examination is performed to evaluate the function of the heart “live,” in “real-time.”  All four (4) chamber are viewed and the strength of cardiac pumping is determined.

The technologist will apply gel to your chest and a transducer will be moved across your chest. The technologist will then make images of your heart in multiple positions. This allows the cardiologist to review the function of your heart.  Your images will be reviewed by a board certified cardiologist and a report sent to your physician.