Ultrasound


Abdominal Sonogram


DEFINITION: Imaging of the Gallbladder, Liver, Pancreas, Kidneys, and Spleen. An Abdominal Sonogram uses sound waves to make its images. With sound waves we are able to visualize organ structures.

PURPOSE: With the use of ultrasound we are able to visualize the:
Gallbladder: To check for inflammation, stones, polyps or bile duct obstruction.
Liver, Pancreas, Kidneys, Spleen: To check for any texture or size variations which may indicate disease.

PREPARATION: Nothing to eat or drink for 8 to 12 hours .

DURING THE EXAM: You will be lying on your back and a gel will be applied to your skin. This get acts as a conductor for the ultrasound beam. When the technologist is scanning, you may be asked to hold your breath or to roll up on your left or right side.

AFTER THE EXAM: You will be returned to your room or dismissed. Your doctor will contact you with results.

YOUR DIET:
Your normal diet and activities may be resumed following the exam.



OB Sonogram


DEFINITION: An examination using sound waves to create images of the pelvic anatomy and the fetus. The images are projected on a video monitor, and then stored electronically as a permanent record.

PURPOSE:
To determine the position of the fetus and placenta. The fetal age also is determined.

PREPARATION: A full bladder is essential for this examination. Do not empty your bladder.

DURING THE EXAM:
You will be lying on your back and a gel substance will be applied to your skin. This gel acts as a sound conductor for the ultrasound examination. The exam takes approximately 30 minutes, due to the measurements that must be taken for fetal age determination.

AFTER THE EXAM: You may empty your bladder. You will then be returned to your room or dismissed. Your doctor will inform you of the results.



Pelvic Sonogram


DEFINITION: An examination using sound waves to create images of the pelvic anatomy. The images are projected on a video monitor, then printed on film as a permanent record.

PURPOSE: Used to identify pelvic or ovarian masses, infections and detection of ectopic pregnancy.

PREPARATION: A full bladder is essential for this examination. Do not empty your bladder.

DURING THE EXAM:
You will be lying on your back and a gel substance will be applied to your skin. This gel acts as a sound conductor for the ultrasound examination. This exam takes approximately thirty minutes if your bladder is full.

AFTER THE EXAM: You may empty your bladder. You will then be returned to your room or dismissed. Your doctor will inform you of the results.