ULTRASOUND

Ultrasounds, also referred to as sonograms, are studies done with high-frequency sound waves. When the sound waves are directed at various body organs, some of them bounce back and are assigned a shade of gray, which is then shown on the computer screen as an image. Sonograms are most commonly associated with fetal ultrasound; however, it can identify abnormalities in virtually any soft tissue organ.

Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe procedure that has no direct risks. Although that is the highest level of safety that we can hope for, it does have its limitations. Ultrasound cannot see through areas of the body that contain gasses or provide image through bones.

Depending on the type of ultrasound required, preparing for your appointment will vary. We encourage you to look up your specific exam under Ultrasound Preps or to talk to your doctor.

During the exam, you will typically lie down or be reclined on an examination table. A small amount of clear gel will be applied to your skin which eliminates pockets of air in between your skin and a small handheld device, called a transducer. The transducer will be moved across your skin by the sonographer in order to acquire the sound patterns the ultrasound gathers. These waves and their patterns are then interpreted by a high-tech computer which translates them into images.

Sonograms are most often used via a device on the outside of the body. Some require a specialized transducer to be inserted into a natural opening in your body. If you will be receiving a transvaginal or transrectal ultrasound, you will likely be aware of it ahead of time. These procedures are done discreetly by professional staff and are not dependent on the timing of a menstrual cycle. The thin transducer that is used for these procedures is covered and lubricated prior to insertion. Only a small part of the probe is inserted into the body.

Transvaginal ultrasounds are oftentimes done to closely examine the pelvic area in women. Your doctor may be looking for physical conditions such as cysts, fibroid tumors or causes for certain infertility issues. It may also be used in conjunction with ectopic pregnancy, threatened miscarriage, menstrual cycle problems or for various exams during the stages of pregnancy.

Transrectal ultrasounds are most often used to investigate suspicions of prostate cancer but may be used for other reasons as determined by your doctor.

The sound waves are painless. Despite this, the pressure exerted over a full bladder can cause discomfort in some ultrasounds. Other internal ultrasounds may come in close contact with an area that is already tender and possibly the reason for the exam. All efforts are made to be as gentle as possible.

NOTE: Although it is common practice for our technologists to provide patients with “take home” pictures for a fetal ultrasound, our facility does not release any video of the exam. Parents only may request that the technologist makes an effort to determine the sex of your developing baby, however this is not always possible. We allow the spouse/support partner and up to one additional visitor in the exam room. Children who are present must be supervised.

 

Medical Imaging Procedures
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PREPARE FOR YOUR PROCEDURE

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

Please consume a fat-free diet the day before your scheduled exam.

Do not eat or drink for at least six hours prior to your exam time.

If you have a morning appointment, do not eat or drink after midnight.

Prescribed medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

Do not eat or drink for at least six hours prior to your exam time.

If you have a morning appointment, do not eat or drink after midnight.

Prescribed medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

Please arrive with a full bladder for this imaging test to be successful. We recommend that you drink 32oz of water at least one hour prior to your exam.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

Please consume a fat-free diet the day before your scheduled exam.

Do not eat or drink for at least six hours prior to your exam time.

If you have a morning appointment, do not eat or drink after midnight.

Prescribed medications may be taken with a small amount of water.

1st Trimester Ultrasound

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

Please arrive with a full bladder for this imaging test to be successful. We recommend that you drink 32 oz. of water at least one hour prior to your exam.

We allow the spouse/partner and up to one additional visitor in the exam room. Children that are present must be supervised.

2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester, Biophysical Profile

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

There is no additional prep for this exam.

We allow the spouse/partner and up to one additional visitor in the exam room. Children that are present must be supervised.

NOTE: It is common practice for our technologist to provide patients with “take home” pictures. Our facility does not allow personal videos or pictures of the exam. Parents may request that the technologist make an effort to determine the fetal sex, however this is not always possible.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

Please arrive with a full bladder for this imaging test to be successful. We recommend that you drink 32 oz. of water at least one hour prior to your exam.

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time.

If your Ultrasound includes the bladder please arrive with a full bladder we recommend you drink 32 oz. of water prior to your study.

If you Ultrasound does not include the bladder there is no additional prep needed.

 

For all other ultrasounds, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your procedure. No additional prep is required.

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Understanding Your Health Insurance

 

Understanding your health insurance options can be confusing. At Divine Savior Healthcare you can speak with Concierge Services or Prior Authorization Specialists to help ease the burden of understanding your healthcare coverage.

 

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