An ultrasound or sonogram, as it is sometimes called, uses high frequency sound waves to create an image. An ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation to produce images so there are no documented risks involved.
The test is performed with the patient lying down. Some water-based gel is applied to the area in question to help with the transmission of the sound waves. The sonographer will then move a hand-held probe or transducer over the area being examined. Patients may be asked to change positions or to hold their breath to achieve good images.
Different preparations are needed for the various types of exams. Your physician's office will supply you with the proper preparation needed at the time your exam is scheduled.
Ultrasound is available Monday - Friday, by appointment.
Please contact the Imaging Services department for scheduling or questions at (319) 481-6369.