Ultrasound is commonly used to capture dynamic images of the abdomen, the breast, the male and female reproductive systems, kidneys, thyroid, the developing fetus and most recently, superficial tendons. It is also an effective method for capturing images of blood vessels, vascular structures and the heart.

An ultrasound is also sometimes called sonography or ultrasonography. This technology bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts in the body and captures the returning echoes as images. The measurement of the sound wave relates to the distance and density of the imaged material.

Ultrasounds are performed for a wide range of purposes. They’re a very good way to obtain information in a non-invasive manner and can serve as our first look into an area of the body that is presenting symptoms. In many cases, we can obtain enough information from an ultrasound to inform your physician’s diagnosis and treatment.

Ultrasound is a relatively noninvasive procedure. The process varies depending on the reason for your ultrasound. Most often, the sonographer will apply gel to your body and roll a hand-held transducer across the applicable part of your body. Your sonographer will speak to you prior to your scan to describe what to expect based on your case.

The preparations for your ultrasound will vary based on your study/symptoms. You will be provided directions when you schedule your appointment. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure the best possible scan.

Prep Forms

Your sonographer is not permitted to discuss findings with you. The findings are required to be reported to your physician, who will contact you. A highly specialized radiologist interprets your images and then reports the findings to your physician within 48 hours.

Q. What are the risks to an ultrasound?

A. Ultrasounds are considered to be one of the lowest risk scans available. There is no radiation exposure involved with an ultrasound.

Q. Why would I receive an ultrasound after a mammogram?

A. Ultrasounds are often used if your breast tissue is dense. Also, you may be sent for an ultrasound if an abnormality is detected. The ultrasound is a very good tool for our radiologists to obtain additional information.

Ultrasounds are conducted on practically every part of the body. Common uses include the thyroid, tendons and of course, the uterus.

Liver Elastography

Recently, OIC has also added non-invasive liver imaging as well. Learn more about Liver Elastography in the video below.