Ultrasound imaging, also called Sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. Thereflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (x-ray) is involved in Ultrasound imaging. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs including but not limited to the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, uterus, ovaries, andbladder. In addition, Ultrasound imaging is an extremely valuable diagnostic tool when performing OB examinations to evaluate the gestational age and growth of your baby during pregnancy.
What must I do to prepare for the exam?
There are different ultrasound exams therefore, each test will require its own prep. Click here to view preps for each specific exam.
What can I expect during the exam?
A highly trained technologist (sonographer), will assist you in getting situated and comfortable on the table, explain the procedure, and answer questions you may have.
Depending on the area to be examined, you may be asked to remove certain articles of clothing and/or change into a hospital gown. Before the exam begins, a warm gel will be applied to your skin, eliminating air between the ultrasound transducer and your skin, facilitating the sound waves as they transmit into your body.
The sonographer will glide the transducer over your skin to capture the appropriate images. To allow for the best views of the area of interest, you may be asked to change positions throughout the exam. Once the images are captured, the gel is cleaned from the skin and the exam is complete.
Will I be exposed to radiation?
No radiation is used during an ultrasound exam. The exam is painless with no side or after effects.
How long will the exam take?
Depending on the area of the body to be examined, an ultrasound exam generally takes 30 to 60 minutes, although some exams may take longer..
How will I know the results?
Following your exam, a radiologist specializing in ultrasound will analyze and interpret the images from your exam and prepare a full report. This report will be sent directly to your physician who will share the results with you. To request a copy of the report, contact your physician's office.
How do I schedule an appointment?
When your physician orders an ultrasound for you, the physician's office will either contact the scheduling center or have you call and make the arrangements. To schedule an ultrasound, call (432) 682-9729.
What do I need to bring with me the day of the exam?
You will need to bring the order your physician gave you, a form of personal identification, and any insurance or Medicare information. If you are taking any medications, please print and complete the second page of the Pocket Medication Card and bring the list with you. Please do not bring the medications. This will help expedite your visit and reduce the possibility of losing any of your medications.
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Midland, Texas 79701-9980