Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to demonstrate the internal structures of the abdomen and some other areas. The echoes of the soundwaves are recorded and displayed as a visual image. Ultrasound cannot be used for all areas of the body - some body areas may be better seen with X-Rays, CT or MRI.
What do I need to do before an ultrasound?
You may need to remove clothing (i.e. for an ultrasound of your abdomen), so it can be helpful if you are wearing clothes that are easy to slip off.
Some of the ultrasound examinations require that you either drink water, or alternatively don't eat or drink.
What does the ultrasound room look like?
When you have the ultrasound examination, the Sonographer will spread warm gel on the area to be examined. This ultrasound gel enables good contact between the transducer and the skin so the best images are obtained. The Sonographer may ask you to move around and/or to hold your breath so they can see the area to be examined clearly. These images are recorded on film.
After the Examination
The Radiologist will interpret the ultrasound films and send a copy to your Doctor. Your doctor will go over the findings with you.