Ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive and usually painless procedure that uses sound waves instead of radiation to view the body's internal organs. A warm gel is applied to the skin above the organ(s) to be studied. This gel helps the hand-held transducer in detecting sound waves and in displaying these images on nearby screen that looks like a computer or television monitor.
What to expect during your test or treatment
- Your technologist will take you to a special room where the pictures will be taken, and you will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Your technologist will position you on a padded table.
- The technologist will then put a cool gel on the area of your body that will be examined. This gel helps transmit the sound waves.
- A small, hand-held rolling device called a transducer will be placed on the areas of your skin where the gel has been applied.
The transducer changes the sound waves into moving pictures that show up on the TV screen.
- You should not feel any discomfort during your ultrasound. When the test is over, the gel will be wiped off.
- Your ultrasound may take as little as 30 minutes or as long as two hours, depending on the organs being examined.
What to expect after your test or treatment
- You may resume all normal activities immediately.
- A radiologist will study the results and send a report to your doctor.
- Your doctor will schedule a time to discuss the results with you.
If you have any questions after returning home, please contact your physician.
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