Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that uses a transducer, or probe, to generate sound waves and computer technology to produce pictures of internal structures. One of the most common ultrasound procedures is the examination of the living fetus within the mother’s womb (obstetric sonography).
Unlike most other imaging methods, ultrasound can create “movies” showing the beating heart, peristalsis (contraction) of bowel loops, and 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 ultrasound called Doppler, 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.
Ultrasound is safe, painless and can often provide information that eliminates the need for more expensive tests or surgery.
Aorta, kidney, or upper abdominal studies: Do not eat or drink for eight hours prior to the procedure.
Pregnancy, bladder, pelvic, pelvic for infertility/follicular stimulation, pelvic with transvaginal: Empty your bladder 90 minutes prior to the study and drink 32 ounces of water. You can take up to 30 minutes to finish the entire 32 ounces of water; the fluid must be consumed one hour prior to your appointment time. Do not empty your bladder until the exam is complete.
Individualized care and specialty expertise: SJRA uses custom protocols for each patient exam based on age, size, symptoms, and disease. Board-certified radiologists and sonographers are highly trained subspecialists with particular expertise in including musculoskeletal imaging, abdominal and genitourinary imaging, breast and women’s imaging, neuroimaging and pediatric studies.
Advanced technology: We use the latest Philips high-resolution ultrasound units to perform the diagnostic evaluation that you and your family need. Our state-of-the-art ultrasound units are equipped with the newest capabilities. We have numerous ultrasound transducers uniquely suited to every patient size and shape. Color and Doppler vascular exams are also performed on patients of all ages.
Musculoskeletal imaging: We are leaders in the use of ultrasound to examine soft tissues, including skin, muscle, joints and tendons. Studies are examined by a small group of dedicated musculoskeletal radiologists. We are one of only a handful of centers to offer this option in South Jersey.
Fetal and neonatal imaging: We are also experts in fetal imaging and perform sonography on pregnant women of all ages. The diagnoses made during fetal imaging guide treatment both before and after birth. These studies are all carefully reviewed and, in some cases, are discussed with the patient and family during the visit.
Compassionate and dedicated staff: Our staff of radiologists and sonographers provide exceptional care in a friendly, caring environment. Staff is encouraged to answer questions and ease patient anxiety during their visit. If the patient requests, after the case is carefully reviewed, they can meet with the radiologist to discuss their ultrasound during the visit.
Accreditation: 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).
Ultrasound is available at all SJRA locations.
All of our centers are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology.