Ultrasound is a painless exam using hi-frequency ultrasonic sound waves
to create a picture of internal organs.
Before your exam
- You may have a preparation for your exam – you will be informed of
this when you make your appointment.
- Dress comfortably- you may be given a gown to wear during your exam.
During your exam
- In the exam room, you will be instructed to lie upon the exam table either
on your back or side.
- The technologist will first spread a warm water-soluble gel on your skin
over the area to be examined. The technologist will then press a transducer
(a handheld device attached to the ultrasound machine) against your skin
and move it back and forth to obtain the images.
- After the procedure is complete, the technologist will wipe the gel off
of your body before you get dressed.
- Depending on the area of the body being examined, the exam can take between
20 and 60 minutes to complete.
After your exam
- Technologists will be able to answer most questions that are not related
to the results of the exam. A board-certified radiologist will interpret
the images and provide a written report to your physician.
- The technologist performing your exam will give you further directions
before you leave if needed.
- You will be able to resume normal activities after your ultrasound exam.