An ultrasound examination, also called sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within your body. These images can provide information that is valuable in diagnosing and treating disease.
Services include abdominal and pelvic, obstetric and small parts ultrasound, and ultrasound-guided biopsies. Ultrasound is used to image a variety of tissues, including liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, bladder, abdominal, aorta, uterus and ovaries, bladder and gallbladder. Obstetric ultrasound is used to screen healthy pregnancies, biophysical profiles and for emergency conditions such as ectopic pregnancy.
How do I prepare?
Different ultrasound tests require different preparation. You may be asked to avoid food or drink prior to your exam. Or, other tests require a full bladder. Check with your provider’s office for the appropriate preparation for your test or call the Radiology Department at 715-483-0270.
What should I expect?
Once the technologist has positioned you on the exam table, a clear gel is applied over the area of the body that is being examined. The gel eliminates any air pockets, allowing the transducer to gather the images. When the scan is complete, the technologist will review the images and send them to be read by a radiologist.