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Ultrasound | White Plains | YonkersUltrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of tissue and internal organs. A device called a transducer sends out high-frequency sound waves and then “listens” to the response to create an image based on the sound reflected back at the machine. This visualization allows the radiologist to determine the size and location of abnormal growths, if there is leakage or blockage in blood vessels, or simply the exact shape and size of the targeted organ. Because ultrasound does not use x-rays, it is safe to use on women who are pregnant. Hartsdale Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) to perform ultrasound examinations.

What happens during an Ultrasound Examination?

The ultrasound procedure begins with the patient lying down on the examination table as a warm, clear gel is applied to the area of the body that will be examined. This gel allows consistent contact between the body and the transducer. The transducer is pressed firmly against the skin and is slowly moved back and forth across the area of interest to allow for the most detailed observation possible. The images will appear on the monitor of the ultrasound machine and will be electronically sent to the radiologist. When the exam is complete, the patient will remain in the exam room while the technologist reviews the images with the radiologist. Depending on the findings, the radiologist may request additional images. When the radiologist is satisfied with the images, the patient will be discharged. Total exam time is between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the part of the body being scanned.

Ultrasound Preparation

You should come prepared to your ultrasound exam, wearing loose-fitting clothing and no jewelry. Please keep in mind that your clothing may need to be removed, depending on what body part is being imaged.

If any part of your abdomen, gastrointestinal tract, liver, or pancreas are to be scanned, then you must stop eating six hours prior to the exam.

For pelvic ultrasound, or if your kidneys or bladder are the target organs, then you must drink 32 oz of water one hour before the exam without emptying your bladder.

For OB ultrasound examinations, you must drink 32 oz of water one hour before your exam without emptying your bladder.

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