We offer Ultrasound exams and can often accommodate same-day exams and flexible scheduled appointments.
A Better Ultrasound Experience.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It does not use radiation and provides clear pictures of soft tissues that don’t show up well on X-rays. Images are captured in real time and can show the movement of the body’s internal organs.
The ultrasound procedure is simple and painless. A hand-held transducer emitting silent, high frequency sound waves is placed against the body and slowly passed over the area being examined. Sophisticated equipment produces images on a video monitor for the radiologist to interpret.
An ultrasound shows the details of structures in the abdomen. It can show features like the size and movement of organs, cysts or growths, or fluid collections. An ultrasound of the abdomen is most often done to:
- Diagnose an injury or disease
- Help determine the cause of abdominal pain, especially appendicitis
- Identify gallbladder stones or kidney stones
- Assess masses or fluid collections in the abdomen
- Assess the cause of abnormal liver or kidney function
- Help determine why an internal organ is enlarged
- Examine the baby and uterus in pregnant women
- Evaluate changes or problems in the blood vessels
Certain exams require an empty stomach or full bladder for better visibility of the organ. You may be advised to:
- Fast for 8-12 hours before the test to decrease the amount of gas in your intestines and make organs easier to see
- Have a full bladder before the test by drinking 6 or more glasses of water without going to the bathroom
You will be positioned on a table. A gel will be placed over the area that will be checked. The gel helps the sound waves travel from a wand to your body.
The ultrasound machine has a hand-held wand. The wand is pushed against your skin where the gel has been applied. The wand sends sound waves into your body. The waves bounce off your internal organs and echo back to the wand. The computer can convert echoes into images on a screen. The images on the screen are examined by the radiologist. A photograph of them may be taken.
- You may be asked to change positions or hold your breath
- You shouldn't feel any pain
- Should last 30 minutes or less
- You will be able to return to your normal activities afterward
At AU Health Imaging we understand that the cost of an imaging exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.
The radiologist will review the ultrasound images and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report is typically available to your provider within 24-48 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.
Prep for your exam
- Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior to your exam.
- A full bladder is required for this exam. Drink 32oz of water 90 minutes before your exam. Please do not empty your bladder.