Diagnostic Imaging: Ultrasound

How to prepare for an ultrasound scan

What is an ultrasound?
ultrasound imageUltrasound makes an image using sound waves instead of x-rays. It is very good for looking at organs such as the heart, veins, arteries, gall bladder, liver, spleen, kidneys and bladder.

Our ultrasound services include:

  • comprehensive breast imaging
  • abdominal
  • interventional
  • MSK (musculoskeletal)
  • obstetrical
  • gynecological
  • neurology
  • vascular services
  • intracavity imaging

What happens during an ultrasound?
For most patients, they can stay in their clothes and uncover the area the doctor wants scanned. Some patients will need to put on a hospital gown.

Gel is put on the skin and a transducer (an instrument that looks like a microphone) is moved over the area. This sends sound waves into the body and the returning sound waves make a picture on the video screen. The technologist or radiologist (x-ray doctor) will take pictures.

The test is painless. One family member or parent may be able to stay during the test. Young children can bring a favourite toy or blanket. Babies can drink their bottles, unless the parent is told not to feed them for the test. They may also suck their soother.

Last updated: Fri, 2015-03-06 15:00