Ultrasound technology is one of the triumphs of modern medicine. Accurately diagnosing and treating medical conditions depends on safe and precise imaging techniques. To date, ultrasound is one of the most common and effective imaging techniques available.
How Ultrasounds Work
Ultrasound machines send out high-frequency sound waves that reflect off the structures of your body. The machine then uses these sound waves to create an image you and your doctor can see. Since ultrasounds produce a live, moving image, your physician can see your body’s internal processes while they happen, making ultrasounds the ideal tool for diagnosing many common disorders. In addition, since ultrasounds are non-invasive and produce no harmful radiation or side effects, they are perfect for use during pregnancy and with certain cancers.
How to Prepare for an Ultrasound
Ultrasound prep is different for every test. For some tests, your prescriber might ask you to drink water or other fluids before coming in – they may even want you to have a full bladder for some tests. On the other hand, some tests require an empty stomach, so you might be instructed not to eat or drink for several hours before your procedure. No matter what test you take, make sure you understand your instructions. If you have any questions, you can contact us ahead of time.
What to Expect During the Ultrasound Procedure
Ultrasounds are 100 percent painless, so there’s no need to be nervous beforehand. It may be helpful to wear loose-fitting clothing you can adjust easily; this will help your technician to access whatever area needs to be visualized. You may be asked to change into a patient gown. The technician will start by applying a clear gel to your skin. The gel helps form a seal between the ultrasound transducer and your skin, allowing the sound waves to travel easily. A better seal means a clearer image, so the technician might use a lot of gel. When the technician obtains the desired images, she will clean the remaining gel off of your skin. You may choose to wait for the images, or we can forward the images to your doctor.
Where to Get an Ultrasound
Clients in the Buffalo, NY region can take advantage of our comprehensive 3D ultrasound imaging at our offices in Hamburg and Orchard Park. If you have any questions about what procedures are right for you, please contact us with your concerns. If your primary care provider has already prescribed an ultrasound or another diagnostic test, you may schedule an appointment at any time.