Ultrasound scanning, or sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to gather detailed images from inside the body. The reflected sound waves are recorded and displayed on a computer as real-time images of vessels, tissues, and organs. Ultrasound is often used to observe a pregnancy.
Ultrasound has been used for medical testing for over 40 years and has no known harmful effects. Its ability to scan areas inside the body makes it very useful to doctors and patients.
- Ultrasound can be performed in less time than many other tests and often with no preparation needed.
- Ultrasound does not use X-rays, making it safe to use during pregnancy or if repeated testing becomes necessary.
Southwest Imaging uses the most advanced technology in Ultrasound imaging.How do I prepare for my Ultrasound?
After your doctor has ordered your Ultrasound exam, you will be contacted to schedule a time that is convenient for you. Specific instructions for preparation may be provided at the time you schedule your Ultrasound.
- On the day of your exam, dress comfortably. A two-piece outfit may be most convenient.
- An Ultrasound technologist will explain the procedure to you in detail before the exam and answer any questions during the scan.