Ultrasound is a method in which sound waves are used to create images of parts and to detect and diagnose various conditions and internal diseases without the use of radiation.
At Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Vernon A. Berkey Imaging Center For Women, ultrasound is used for many parts of the body and is effective in the evaluation of the following:
- Abdominal organs
- Blood flow and vessel disorders
- Muscoskeletal exams, such as imaging baby hips and spine.
- High-risk neonatal exams
- Obstetric exams - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester
- Pelvic disorders
- Exams for areas such as breasts, testicles, and thyroid
- Soft tissue abnormalities
As a patient, you will be asked to change into a gown and then will be assisted onto a padded exam table. You will be asked to lie still for 30 to 45 minutes while the test is conducted. The technologist will first apply a gel on the skin. This helps make the image of the ultrasound clear. Then, the technologist will place a wand (called a transducer) over the gel and the area to be studied. Most patients do not feel any kind of sensation while the procedure takes place. A physician will read the results and the report will be sent to your primary care physician.
Ask your physician about specific preparations for this test prior to scheduling. If you have further questions, call Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg Diagnostic Imaging Department at 620.232.0129.