An ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to create an image of tissue inside of your body. The sound waves bounce off the structures in the body, which allows the ultrasound machine to display what is happening beneath the surface.
Ultrasound is a safe procedure that can be used even when pregnant since there is no radiation involved in the process. In addition to monitoring the development of a fetus, it can be used to detect abnormalities in all of the major organs.
What You Need To Know Before Your Exam
- Typically an ultrasound appointment will last approximately 60 minutes, but some may take longer depending on the area of the body that is being scanned.
- Remove all metal objects from the area before the ultrasound.
- Continue to take all of your prescribed medications.
- Please do not bring children under age 12 to your appointment.