Ultrasound, also referred to as sonography, is a type of medical imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to show internal images of the body in real time.
Ultrasounds are used for several reasons including: evaluating blood flow, diagnose gallbladder disease, view uterus and ovaries, monitor developing baby's health.
Before an ultrasound, patients will need to remove jewelry from the area being examined and may need to change into a gown if needed. When the sound wave hits an object, it bounces back or echoes. A transducer sends both sound waves into the body and receives echoing waves. When the transducer is pushed onto the skin, it sends small pulses of high-frequency waves into the body, then the images is projected onto a monitor.
The length of time for an ultrasound is around 30 minutes depending on the type of exam.
No medications are required for an ultrasound.
The ultrasound images are read and diagnosed by one of Blue Rock Imaging’s experienced radiologists, who provides a written report of their findings. The report and images are then available to a patient’s primary doctor to help in his or her decision for possible treatment.
Types of Ultrasound