Understanding diagnostic ultrasounds
Ultrasound imaging produces images of inside the body through the use of high-frequency sound waves.
An ultrasound technologist (sonographer) places the transducer (probe) and some ultrasound gel on the skin over the area of interest. High-frequency sound waves are sent and received by the transducer then converted to real-time images on the ultrasound machine. The dynamic nature of ultrasound allows both still images and live image clips to be captured.
- Carotid arteries
- Deep vein thrombosis (for evaluating blood clots)
- Limited Ankle Brachial Indices (Ltd. ABI)
- Musculoskeletal (MSK)
- Pelvic with or without Transvaginal
- Small Parts (lumps & bumps, scrotal, thyroid)
What to expect
Depending on the type of exam, specific requirements will be discussed upon booking.
For fasting exams, medication can be taken with a sip of water only.
Each exam may have specific requirements; please check with us if you’re unsure of the requirements for your procedure.
Unless otherwise stated, exams typically take 30 to 45 minutes.