What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound involves the use of high-frequency sound waves to create images of organs and systems within the body.

How the Test is Performed

An ultrasound machine creates images that allow various organs in the body to be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these reflected waves and uses them to create a picture. Unlike an x-ray, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test.

The test is done in the ultrasound department. You will be lying down for the procedure. A clear, water-based conducting gel is applied to the skin over the area being examined to help with the transmission of the sound waves. A handheld probe called a transducer is then moved over the area being examined. You may be asked to change position so that other areas can be examined.

Types of Ultrasounds

Pregnancy Ultrasound

A pregnancy ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to see how a fetus is developing in the womb.

Vascular or Duplex Ultrasound

A duplex ultrasound is a test to see how blood moves through your arteries and veins. There are different types of duplex ultrasound exams. Some include:

  • Carotid duplex ultrasound looks at the carotid artery in the neck.
  • Duplex ultrasound of the extremities looks at the arms or legs.

Abdominal (RUQ) Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to examine the internal organs of the abdomen including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, and kidneys.

Our Equipment

2 Philips Epiq systems

  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Breast Biopsy (Same Day)
  • Hips
  • OB/GYN
  • Neonatal Head
  • Pediatric
  • Renal
  • Scrotal
  • Spine
  • Superficial areas (thyroid, masses, lumps, etc.)
  • Vascular (arterial and venous)

Your Appointment

Ultrasounds are performed on the lower level of our 1118 Hampshire Street building, our Pittsfield Affiliate, and our Mt. Sterling Affiliate.