An ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body's internal organs and to examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It's also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.
This procedure requires little to no special preparation. Your doctor will instruct you on how to prepare, including whether you should refrain from eating or drinking beforehand.
Common Reasons for Needing an Ultrasound:
Are you currently pregnant and need an ultrasound? We can check on your baby’s health and make sure you are in good hands. If you are newly pregnant, you will receive a short abdominal ultrasound. The doctor will move a wand around the outside of your stomach using a cool gel. You can then hear the heartbeat and see a small electronic image of your baby. If you are further along in pregnancy, you will require a longer and more in-depth ultrasound. These may be up to 45 minutes in order to get a more detailed image of the pregnancy. Following the procedure, your doctor will let you know when to come for your next test if you need one at all. Most women will receive 1 to 3 within their pregnancy, unless otherwise specified. We are happy to discuss any of your questions or concerns.