GENERAL PROCEDURES

Diagnostic Ultrasounds

A diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography, is a noninvasive, painless test that uses sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. An instrument called a transducer emits high-frequency sound, inaudible to human ears, and then records the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs. This information is relayed in real time to produce images on a computer screen. Then a certified physician interprets the ultrasound images.

All exams require a written order form from a referring physician.

Abdominal Complete
This test can detect abnormalities in the Liver, Pancreas, Gallbladder, Kidneys, and Spleen.
(Preparation: No food or drink 8 hours prior to exam)

Bladder
This test can detect an obstruction, such as a tumor or kidney stones, and can reveal signs of inflammation and other problems. It also is used to determine bladder volume.
(Preparation: Drink 32 oz. of water one hour prior to exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER)

Gallbladder
This test can detect gallstones (rock-like deposits usually made up of cholesterol that form in the gallbladder) and inflammation of gallbladder tissue. It can also detect blockage of the bile ducts located between the liver and the gallbladder.
(Preparation: No food or drink 8 hours prior to exam)

Pelvic
This test can detect abnormalities of the uterus, ovaries, cervix, fallopian tubes, and bladder.
(Preparation: Drink 32 oz. of water one hour prior to exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER)

Renal
This test determines the size of the kidneys, signs of injury to the kidneys, blockages or kidney stones, complications of a urinary tract infection (UTI), cysts or tumors.
(Preparation: Drink 32 oz. of water one hour prior to exam. DO NOT EMPTY BLADDER)

Renal Arteries
This test can detect blood flow and narrowing of the arteries that take blood to the kidneys.
(Preparation: No food or drink 8 hours prior to exam)

Right Upper Quadrant
This test can detect abnormalities of the gallbladder, pancreas, common bile duct, liver, and right kidney.
(Preparation: No food or drink 8 hours prior to exam)

Subcutaneous Mass
This test can detect soft-tissue abnormalities of a specific location. It can determine infections, the presence of cysts or lymph nodes, cellulitis, abscess, and necrotizing fasciitis.
(No Preparation)

Testicular
This test can detect abnormalities of the testicles, scrotum, epididymis, and vas deferens.
(No Preparation)

Thyroid
This test can detect abnormalities of the thyroid, such as cysts, nodules, tumors and goiters (swelling of the thyroid gland).
(No Preparation)