Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging. Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus.

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. This can help to diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or other illness.

Ultrasound Patient Preparations:

Ultrasound Of The ABDOMEN (including kidneys, gallbladder, stomach, pancreas, abdominal aorta)
Nothing to eat or drink 8 hours prior to the scan time.

Drink 32 oz. of water 1 hour prior to the scan time, and do not use the restroom - bladder must be full.

Ultrasound Of The THYROID
Avoid foods with iodized compounds such as salt for 2 days prior to the scan date.