Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Ultrasound scanning is a medical imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of various soft tissues of the body.

As sound waves travel through the body, they echo back to the transducer which produces images. During the procedure, the patient lies on the examination table and warm, water-based gel is applied to the skin to allow the ultrasound transducer to couple with the skin and to provide a means of lubrication for sliding the probe over the skin. 

Appointment Information

For appointments booked two weeks in advance, the patient should receive a letter in the mail indicating: date, time, location of the appointment, preparation instructions and a map.

For appointments booked within two weeks, the patient will be contacted directly by the ordering physician's office, or a medical imaging booking clerk, with the necessary information. 

The patient is responsible for providing their physician with the most current address, home and cell phone numbers in order to receive prompt service.

Exam Time

Exams generally take between 15 to 60 minutes. Under certain circumstances the procedure may be prolonged.

The procedure is available in the following MI locations:

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General Information on Ultrasound

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