Ultrasound is the use of sound waves to obtain an image or picture of various organs and tissues in the body. During Ultrasound, a transducer is used to transmit harmless, high frequency sound waves through your body. The transducer picks up the echoes of these waves and converts them into an image on a TV monitor. Ultrasound is used to detect various abnormalities, including aneurysms (enlarging of artery walls), gallstones, cysts, and tumors. Ultrasound is not used to evaluate your stomach or intestines.
Ultrasound is also a common prenatal procedure used even in low-risk pregnancies. Physicians use Ultrasound to determine the condition of a baby, to monitor its development throughout the pregnancy, to confirm due dates, and in some cases, the baby's sex can be determined.
A Sonographer, a specially trained technologist, will be performing your Ultrasound exam. After you are comfortably positioned on the examination table, a transmission gel will be applied to the area of your body that is being examined. This application makes it easier for the sound waves to reach their destination.
A transducer will be moved slowly over the body area being examined. The transducer should be the only thing you feel during your exam. Please remain relaxed and still so the results are not disturbed. The Ultrasound procedure is painless.
This service is available at our Woodlands Imaging and UGH Imaging locations.