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One of the safest, most tried-and-true imaging technologies, ultrasound uses sound waves to create images called sonograms. Ultrasound is widely used for detecting problems in the liver, kidneys, and other abdominal organs. Because ultrasound doesn’t rely on radiation, it’s perfectly safe for pregnant women. It’s also pain-free and noninvasive, and it doesn’t require the use of contrast dyes or other solutions or injections.

How It Works

During an ultrasound procedure, a small handheld device called a transducer is used to emit high-frequency sound waves into the body. These sound waves bounce off internal structures, such as organs and tissues, and create echoes. The transducer also detects the returning echoes and sends them to a computer, which processes the information to generate real-time images on a screen.

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Reasons for Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging is commonly used for various purposes, including:

  • Abdominal Imaging: Ultrasound can be used to examine the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, and other abdominal organs. It is helpful in diagnosing conditions such as gallstones, liver diseases, and kidney disorders.
  • Cardiac Imaging: Ultrasound can be used to create images of the heart and its blood flow. This is known as echocardiography and is commonly used to diagnose heart conditions and assess heart function.
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging: Ultrasound can be used to visualize muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, and soft tissues. It is often used to diagnose injuries, inflammation, or fluid buildup in these areas.
  • Breast Imaging: Ultrasound is sometimes used as a supplementary imaging tool in breast examinations to further investigate abnormalities found in mammograms.
  • Guidance for Medical Procedures: Ultrasound can be used to guide medical procedures such as biopsies, injections, and aspirations by providing real-time imaging of the targeted area.

Ultrasound imaging is versatile, relatively low-cost, and does not involve exposure to radiation, making it a valuable tool in the field of medicine.

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Why Choose American Health Imaging

American Health Imaging (AHI) delivers ultrasound services at up to 60% less than hospital-based imaging. Our 45+ centers are in-network with 99% of insurance plans to give you a convenient choice in diagnostic imaging care with easy access facilities and same-day appointment options.

Ultrasound Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of an ultrasound over CT or MRI?

Ultrasound is excellent for distinguishing between fluid and solid structures within the body – an important but surprisingly difficult task for radiologists. Ultrasound also costs significantly less than MRI and CT, and it doesn’t require the use of radiation or contrast agents. Depending upon your condition, ultrasound may be used as a standalone imaging technique, or it may be used to complement the findings of an MRI exam or CT scan.

Does an ultrasound use radiation?

No, ultrasound does not involve any type of radiation. It uses only high-frequency sound waves, which are not known to have any adverse effects.

How should I prepare for my ultrasound exam?

Ultrasound preparation varies significantly by exam type and body part. For more information about preparing for your exam, contact your American Health Imaging center for complete instructions.

Why am I asked to have a full bladder for my ultrasound exam?

Ultrasound depends upon the transmission of sound waves, and sound travels better through some substances than others. If you’re undergoing a pelvic exam, a full bladder provides an excellent medium for sound (water). Not all ultrasound exams require a full bladder, however. For complete instructions, consult your doctor, or call your American Health Imaging facility.

Why can’t I eat or drink before my ultrasound exam?

Digestion changes the shape and contents of abdominal organs, and eating or drinking too close to your exam may distort your images. Only some ultrasound exams require you to fast, however. For complete instructions, consult your doctor, or call your American Health Imaging center.

Can I get the results of my ultrasound exam from my technologist?

Unfortunately, no. While our ARRT-certified technologists are trained to perform ultrasound exams and collect images, they are not allowed to interpret the results. Board-certified radiologists will interpret your exam and provide your doctor with a thorough report.*

How long will it take for my physician to get the results of my ultrasound exam?

Board-certified radiologists will review and interpret your ultrasound results.* Your doctor will receive a written report and hardcopy images within 24 hours to a few days.

Do you need to schedule a Ultrasound?

American Health Imaging offers same-day and next-day appointment options to make getting an imaging scan convenient. Get a referral from your doctor, find the American Health Imaging center closest to you, and then call to schedule an imaging appointment.