Radiology at Boston Medical Center
Home | Our Services | Radiology Home | Services | Ultrasound Imaging


Text Size Increase Text Size Decrease Font Size Print Page


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

Patient Information

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
Manager of Ultrasound

Alda Cossi, MD
Section Chief of Ultrasound


Call: 617.414.XRAY (9729)

Radiology Locations at Boston Medical Center:

Menino Pavilion
1st Floor
840 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118

Newton Pavilion
1st Floor
88 East Newton Street
Boston, MA 02118

Shapiro Center
Lower Level, Suite LL B
725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

Refer a Patient

Call: 617.414.XRAY (9729)

Learn More

Quick Links

Directions to BMC
BMC Campus Virtual Tour
Breast Imaging-Mammography
Interventional Radiology

Downloads (PDF)

BMC Campus Map
What Makes BMC Special