Ultrasound is one of the most common imaging scans doctors order. It works by bouncing high-frequency sound waves off your body’s internal structures to produce images. The doctor analyzes these images to evaluate certain internal structures and/or diagnose disease.
Excel Medical Imaging offers standard ultrasound technology, which produces two-dimensional images, as well as 4D ultrasound, which produces three-dimensional images with movement. The team at Excel Medical Imaging performs most ultrasounds using a device placed on the outside of your body, but some exams require the device to be placed inside your body for more detailed images.
Your doctor may order an ultrasound for many different reasons, some of the most common of which include:
The preparation requirements for an ultrasound depend on the part of your body being scanned. For some ultrasounds, you may need to have a full bladder during the test. Some ultrasounds also require you to stop eating or drinking for as many as six hours before the test. But, many ultrasounds require no preparation at all.
To find out whether you have specific preparation requirements for your exam, contact your doctor or Excel Medical Imaging.
The exact procedure followed during the test depends on the part of your body being examined. For example, if you’re having an abdominal ultrasound, you may not need to wear a gown. However, if another part of your body is set be examined, you may need to change into a gown before the test.
During the test, gel is applied to the area in question and then your ultrasound specialist uses a wand to produce images on the screen. The tech or radiologist may move this wand around and/or place gentle pressure on your body to capture the appropriate images.
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