Ultrasound Imaging Provides Real-Time Evaluations to Help Detect, Diagnose and Monitor Many Conditions
Ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive procedure that can help detect, diagnose or monitor many conditions. Using high-frequency sound waves, it is used to examine many parts of the body—such as organs and blood vessels in the abdomen, the heart, joints and unborn babies. Ultrasound imaging—also called ultrasound scanning or sonography—provides real-time pictures of the body, as well as the evaluation of the movement of structures, such as a beating heart or blood flow.
Speciality Services / Procedures
There are many reasons for examining the musculoskeletal system with ultrasound. Among the more common reasons:
Ultrasound exams do not use radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in "real-time" they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
What to Expect BEFORE my Exam
What to Expect DURING my Exam
Upon your arrival you will be greeted by the Ultrasound Technologist. You will be brought into the Ultrasound room where you may be asked to change into a gown. You will be asked a series of questions about your symptoms in order to optimize your Ultrasound exam. You will then lie down on a stretcher and Ultrasound gel will be applied to the area of interest. The Ultrasound instrument or Transducer will be moved over your skin while the Ultrasound technologist takes pictures. You may be asked to hold your breath or to turn on your side during the exam. The average Ultrasound exam takes about 30 - 45 minutes. You should expect to be in our department for about 1 hour.
What to Expect AFTER my Exam
You have no restrictions after having your Ultrasound and can go about your normal daily activities.
When Can I Expect my Results?
Once the radiologist reads your images, your ordering physician will receive your results typically within 24 to 48 hours. Your physician will go over the findings with you.
Recommendations and Reminders
To obtain copies of your images, please call the film library at 617-414-5882.
For specific information regarding our Ultrasound department, please contact:
Carol Morrissey-Downing, RDMS
Alda Cossi, MD