Ultrasound

Comprehensive ultrasound services including routine abdominal, pelvic, obstetrical, thyroid, and vascular studies are provided utilizing state-of-the-art ATL ultrasound equipment. The service specializes in the performance of ultrasound guided biopsies. All images are immediately available for review on our state of the art PACS digital image display and image interpretation system.

Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body and can show movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (x-Rays). Many advances in ultrasound imaging have been discovered by Mount Sinai radiologist.

How to prepare: The preparation for an ultrasound scan depends on the type of examination you will have. For some scans your doctor may instruct you not to eat or drink for as many as 6 hours before your appointment. For others (such as pelvic sonography) you may be asked to drink up to four (4) glasses of water one-half hour before the exam.

What to expect: Most ultrasound examinations are painless, fast and easy. After you are positioned on the examination table, the radiologist or sonography will apply some warm water-based gel on your skin and then place the transducer firmly against your body, moving it back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are obtained. There is usually no discomfort, but if scanning is performed over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer. Ultrasound exams in which the transducer is inserted into an opening of the body (such as transvaginal exams) may produce minimal discomfort.

Duration: The examination typically takes 30 minutes to one hour depending on the type of examination ordered by your physician. After the ultrasound exam, you can return to your normal activities.