Ultrasound uses sound waves to make images of soft tissue and fluids in the body. It is painless and safe. Ultrasound produces precise images of your organs (such as heart, kidney, liver, etc.), and can show motion such as blood flow. The images will appear on a computer monitor, similar to a TV screen.
How to Prepare for Your Test
- Depending on your exam, you may be required to withhold eating and drinking. Or you may be required to have a full bladder for your exam. The Diagnostic Imaging Department will contact you with specific instructions before your scan.
- Clothing must be removed from the areas being scanned, and you may be asked to wear a hospital gown. The sonographer will apply a warm gel to the area of your body being examined.
A radiologist will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.