Ultrasound is a safe and easy test that uses reflected sound waves to produce an image of organs and other structures in the body. It does not use x-rays or other types of possibly harmful radiation.
Oregon Imaging Centers provide ultrasound to outpatients at the RiverBend medical campus in Springfield and at the University District medical campus in Eugene. Click for information about Ultrasound at Oregon Imaging Centers.
How is this procedure done?
Once you are positioned on the ultrasound table, the technician applies a warm water-based gel just above the area of interest. This gel allows the transducer to move freely with the slightest amount of pressure applied. Images collected by the transducer can be seen on a video screen. Images may be converted into a permanent film that the radiologist studies for a complete diagnosis.
Ultrasound is often used during abdominal surgery to evaluate organs, such as the liver, kidneys, spleen or pancreas. It is also used during gynecologic and vascular surgery to detect structural abnormalities.