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3D Ultrasound

Our new state-of-the-art G.E, 3D Ultrasound with color flow and Doppler imaging uses sound waves passed through the body to generate images. It allows physicians to view the vascular system, blood vessels, pelvic and abdominal organs, breast tissue, and the developing fetus. It is most known for its use for prenatal care. The patient may be asked to change clothes and wear an exam gown. Wearing lose fitting jogging clothes with no metal objects may allow you avoid changing clothes. 

The electronic images are acquired, transmitted and stored in a digital format. The images, along with its reports, are immediately available for electronic transmission to referring physicians. Our facility can also accept similar images from other facilities for comparisons to prior studies. This becomes very important in identifying any pertinent changes in the health status of the region of interest. 

The three most commonly ordered studies are: 

  • Ultrasound of the Abdomen or Gallbladder 
     

  • Ultrasound of the Pelvis 
     

  • Vascular Doppler sonography of the carotid arteries (neck), Arterial system of the lower extremities, and venous system of the upper and lower extremities.


How do I Prepare for an Ultrasound of the Abdomen/Gallbladder? 

The patient should be fasting for at least 4 hours prior to the exam – ideally, nothing to eat or drink after midnight before the exam is scheduled. If the patient is on prescribed medication, he/she should continue taking their medication as directed with a small glass of water. The Ultrasound takes approximately thirty minutes. The patient may be asked to change clothes and wear an exam gown. 

Wearing lose fitting jogging clothes with no metal objects may allow you avoid changing clothes. 

The Ultrasound of the Abdomen/Gallbladder consists of a certified sonographer applying a liquid gel to the skin surface and acquiring images with an electronic transducer using gentle compression. This should be a painless procedure. Please notify the sonographer if you experience any pain with the compression. Digital images are acquired during the process, and a report will be issued after the sonographer consults with the radiologist. The report and/or images will be made available to your referring physician. 

Following the exam, the patient may resume his/her normal diet and activities. 

How do I Prepare for an Ultrasound of the Pelvis? 

The patient does not have to be fasting for this exam. 

A full urinary bladder is required in order to obtain the most accurate images. The patient should drink at least thirty-two ounces of water an hour before the exam. Carbonated beverages are not recommended. If the patient is on prescribed medication, he/she should take their medicine as directed. Ultrasound of the Pelvis exam takes approximately thirty minutes, longer if the bladder is not full. The patient may be asked to change clothes and wear an exam gown. 

Wearing lose fitting jogging clothes with no metal objects may allow you avoid changing clothes. 

The Ultrasound of the Pelvis consists of a certified sonographer applying a liquid gel to the skin surface and acquiring images with an electronic transducer using gentle compression. This should be a painless procedure. Please notify the sonographer if you experience any pain with the compression. Digital Images are acquired during the process, and a report will be issued after the sonographer consults with the radiologist. The report and/or images will be made available to your referring physician. 

Following the exam, the patient may resume his/her normal diet and activities. 

How do I prepare for an Ultrasound of the Vascular System? 

No preparation is necessary. 

The purpose of this test is to determine if any plaque formation is causing an abnormal narrowing of the arteries, or a blood clot in the veins. 

A certified sonographer applies a liquid gel to the skin surface, and then acquires images of the blood flow in the vessels of interest. Also, flow velocities are obtained to identify the degree of narrowing of the arteries. 

The exam usually takes one hour, and no preparation is necessary. The patient may be asked to change clothes and wear an exam gown. 

Wearing lose fitting jogging clothes with no metal objects may allow you avoid changing clothes. 

If the patient is on prescribed medication, he/she should take their medicine as directed. 

This should be a painless procedure. 

Following the exam, the patient may resume his/her normal diet and activities.

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