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Ultrasound Services at Arch Health Medical Group

Procedures / Examination

Ultrasound is a safe and painless examination imaging the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound examinations do not use radiation, so there is no radiation exposure to the patient. 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. 

Radiologists are medical doctors (MD’s) who specialize in diagnosing and treating disease and injury through the use of medical imaging techniques such as X-rays, CT, NM, MRI and Ultrasound.

Cardiologists are medical doctors (MD’s) who specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases and abnormalities of the heart and vascular system.

General Ultrasound

Ultrasound provides images of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the:

Abdomen:

  • Pancreas                                                                                                  
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder                                                                                               
  • Spleen                                                                                                      
  • Kidneys/ Bladder
Pelvis:

  • Uterus/ Ovaries
Obstetrics:

  • Fetal Evaluation
Small Parts:

  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
  • Scrotum (testicles)
Vascular Ultrasound

A vascular ultrasound study provides images of the body’s vascular system (veins and arteries).A Doppler ultrasound study is usually part of a vascular ultrasound examination.  It is a special ultrasound technique that allows the physician to see and evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs, neck or within various body organs such as the liver or kidneys.

Vascular ultrasound provides images of the veins and arteries including but not limited to the:

  • Arterial Imaging (Neck, Abdomen, Arms, Legs)
  • Venous Imaging (Neck, Abdomen, Arms, Legs)
Cardiac Ultrasound
A cardiac ultrasound, also known as an echocardiogram is an ultrasound of the heart.  Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart. The ECHO provides detailed information of the heart including: size and shape, pumping capacity and location and extent of tissue damage.

Ultrasound Exam Preparation

You will be sitting and lying down on a comfortable table during the examination while the sonographer performs the procedure. Gel will be place on your skin over the area of interest.  For certain exams you will be asked to hold your breath for a short period while images are being obtained.

Arrive to your appointment 15 minutes prior to your imaging appointment time to allow for registration and preparation.
Additional exam specific preps below.
 
Abdominal Preparation
Do not eat or drink 8 hrs prior to the examination.Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
 
Pelvic/ Obstetrical Preparation 
 
  • You are required to have a full bladder. Please drink 32 oz. of water 60 mins prior to your examination time. Beginning with an empty bladder, start drinking 32 oz. of water one hour before your appointment time and finish all of the water within 30 minutes before your appointment time.  Do not empty your bladder.
Vascular / Cardiac Preparation
 
  • No preparation is required. Wear loose comfortable clothing. 
Plan to bring your insurance card and picture ID with you for your examination.  Plan to pay any required co-pay at the time of service.  Child care is not available during the time of your examination.
 

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