Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in X-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Abdominal Sonogram

The day of the exam:

Do not eat or drink 4  hours before the exam.

During the exam:

A warm gel will be placed on your skin and a probe is moved back and forth which uses sound waves to take pictures of your internal organs. The examination usually only takes a few minutes.

Pelvic Sonogram

The day of the exam:

Empty your bladder 1 1/2 hours before the exam. Drink 32 oz. of any fluid in the next 30 minutes. Do not void!

During the exam:

A probe is placed on your skin or intravaginally which uses sound waves to take pictures of your internal organs. The examination usually only takes a few minutes.

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). It can be used even for pregnant women. High-resolution ultrasound scans are obtained by registered trained technologists and interpreted by physicians who specialize in breast imaging. Ultrasound can be used as a focused exam to evaluate a patient with a mass, pain, or discharge. Breast ultrasound is extremely valuable in determining whether a lump or mass is a fluid-filled cyst or solid tissue. Alternatively, breast ultrasound is also utilized as a survey technique in order to further screen women with dense breasts and who are at high risk for breast cancer. Ultrasound provides information that is different and often complementary to the mammogram.

Exam offered at following locations:

Mitchell A. Goldman, MD, Diagnostic Imaging Center
North Shore-LIJ Imaging at Glen Cove
North Shore-LIJ Imaging at Great Neck
North Shore-LIJ Imaging at Great South Bay 
Staten Island University Hospital
Forest Hills Hospital
Huntington Hospital

 

Last Update

June 13, 2012
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