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At Nanticoke Health Services, we offer numerous ultrasound related exams for pregnancies, the abdominal, the thyroid, breast health, testicular health and other miscellaneous exams as ordered by the physicians.
What is Ultrasound imaging?
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, involves exposing parts of the body to a high-frequency sound wave to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation (like in x-rays). For standard diagnostic ultrasound, there are no known harmful effects on human.
Preparing for an Ultrasound
Preparation depends on the type of exam you are having. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.
In most cases, the patient is positioned face-up on an exam table. A water-based gel is applied to the area being evaluated to help the transducer make a secure connection with the body. The ultrasound technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin, sweeping across the area of interest.
Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. After an exam, you should be able to continue normal activities immediately.
A radiologist will analyze the images and send a signed report to your ordering physician, who will share the results with you. In some cases the radiologist may discuss results with you at the end of the exam.
Ultrasound procedures include: