Also known as Sonography, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Most of us know ultrasound as the procedure used to get a first peek at a baby when a woman is expecting — and to see if it’s a boy or girl — but ultrasound is also used to diagnose gallbladder disease, evaluate blood flow, guide a needle for biopsy or tumor treatment, examine a breast lump, check your thyroid gland, detect genital and prostate problems, assess joint inflammation (synovitis) and evaluate metabolic bone disease.
Ultrasound exams are non-invasive and do not use ionizing radiation. Because images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
In addition to advanced ultrasound / sonography technology, we offer evening and Saturday hours for your convenience, a group of seasoned technicians, a caring team, onsite radiologists to read your results, and a focus on your comfort from start to finish. It’s this combination that makes us southern Indiana’s ultrasound leader.
Ultrasound Prep Instructions
If you are having an ultrasound of any of the following: GALLBLADDER / ABDOMEN / AORTA / LIVER /PANCREAS / SPLEEN / RENAL. Please do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to exam.
If you are having an ultrasound of the PELVIS or a PREGNANCY ultrasound, please drink 32 ounces of water, 1 hour before exam. YOUR BLADDER MUST BE FULL FOR EXAM. Please drink water only – no carbonated beverages. If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant, there is no prep for your ultrasound.
If you are having an ultrasound of any Extremity, Thyroid, Breast, Testicles, or Carotid there is NO PREP.
Please bring your insurance card and your order IF you were given one by your doctor.
The procedure will take approximately 30-60 minutes per exam.
If you have had any prior images taken on the area of interest, please let a staff member know so we can obtain the images and reports for comparison.
Your arrival time will be 15 minutes before your appointment time so you can be registered before your exam.
|Brand Name||Generic Name||When to stop prior to biopsy|
|Heparin (SQ)||heparin||4 hours|
|Lovenox||lmw herparin||12 hours|
|IV Heparin||heparin||1 hour|
|Aspirin (incl. Excedrin)||salicylate||5 days *|
(Aggrenox = aspirin + dipryridamole)
* SIR says discontinuing this is not necessary for low risk procedures (e.g. percutanueus breast biopsies), but recommends temporarily discontinuing it for medium and high risk procedures. RAI recommends discontinuing it for 5 days prior to breast and axillary node biopsies.