Ultrasound is available at nine of our locations.
What is Ultrasound?
This diagnostic tool uses sound waves and computer technology to “see” inside the body. Ultrasound (US) is used in the evaluation of various abdominal organs and the breasts. One of the most common US procedures is the examination of the living fetus within the mother’s womb (OBSTETRIC sonography).
It is safe, painless and can often provide information that eliminates the need for more expensive tests or surgery.
Is an ultrasound painful?
An ultrasound examination is completely painless and safe. Warm contact gel is applied to optimize the study.
What is Ultrasound used for?
Ultrasound, unlike most other imaging methods, can create “movies” of the beating heart, peristalsis (contraction) of bowel loops, and can show flowing blood. Ultrasound can be used to evaluate breast lumps and abnormalities seen on mammograms. It is often used to guide biopsies, such as breast biopsies. Computerized ultrasound technology is employed in other applications as well.
Using a special form of US called DOPPLER (just like police RADAR), the speed and direction of flowing blood can be measured and illustrated in color pictures. This Doppler technique allows Radiologists to find blocked blood vessels.
What kind of preparation will I need for my ultrasound?
For aorta, kidney, or upper abdominal studies:
-nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours.
Studies for bladder, pregnancy, pelvic, pelvic for infertility/follicular stimulation, pelvic with transvaginal:
- 1 hour prior to study empty your bladder and drink 32 ounces of water
- it is important that you finish drinking your water one hour prior to your appointment and you must not empty your bladder until the exam is complete.
Both the General Abdominal Ultrasound Departments and the Vascular Ultrasound Departments at South Jersey Radiology Associates have been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).