Ultrasound exams are not just the leading imaging technology in prenatal care, but are also used to diagnose disease, assess inflammation, guide procedures and evaluate blood flow.
Alliance Imaging is staffed with a team of trained ultrasound technologists who are committed to providing you with a comfortable and caring experience.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound, also called sonography, is a non-invasive exam that utilizes a probe, or transducer to emit sound waves that produce images of the inside of the body.
Why are Ultrasounds Performed?
Diagnostic Imaging for Disease
Ultrasound is a crucial tool for diagnosing a variety of medical conditions. It enables healthcare practitioners to visualize internal organs, tissue, and blood vessels in real time, aiding in the detection of abnormalities, tumors, cysts, and other health concerns. Ultrasound is frequently used to image the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, thyroid, scrotum and ovaries.
Diagnosing soft tissue injury
Ultrasound exams are effective in assessing soft tissue injuries, such as tendon tears, muscle strains, sprains or ligament damage.
Monitoring Fetal Development
A common use of ultrasound is to monitor fetal development during pregnancy. At Alliance Imaging we provide early obstetric exams at under 14wks. We also offer biophysical profiles (BPP) that combine a non stress test with ultrasound to check the health of the fetus. And we offer growth and follow-up ultrasound exams at all gestational ages. Our patients are given a CD of their ultrasound images at the end of their appointment.
Non-Invasive Vascular Imaging
Ultrasound is instrumental in evaluating blood flow and detecting vascular issues. It aids in identifying conditions such as blood clots, arterial stenosis, and aneurysms, allowing for timely intervention to prevent complications.
Ultrasound guided injections
Ultrasound may be used to provide imaging guidance for certain procedures and pain management injections. Ultrasound allows radiologists to see structures such as tendons, ligaments, muscle and joints in real time allowing for the precise delivery of steroids or medication.
What To Expect
Preparing for an ultrasound is a simple and comfortable process.
1. Pre-Procedure Briefing
We’ll discuss your health history and provide personalized care as you prepare for the procedure.
2. Preparing for the Ultrasound
You’ll be asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing, and for certain types of ultrasounds, you may need to have a full bladder or be NPO (not eating for 8 hours prior). Our technologists will guide you through the process, ensuring you feel at ease.
3. Ultrasound Probe
During an ultrasound exam, the technician will apply a gel to the skin and the transducer. This gel acts as a connector and keeps air pockets from forming. Air can inhibit ultrasound waves and disrupt the imaging of your body.
Do I need a referral for a mammogram?No, a referral is not necessary to schedule a mammogram, but you should check with your insurance provider to ensure it’s covered.
Is the radiation from a mammogram harmful?No, as it only uses a very small dose of radiation--extremely low.
Can men have mammograms?Yes, while rare, they can also get breast cancer. If a man has symptoms such as a lump in the breast, a mammogram may be recommended.
What if I have implants?You can, and should, have a mammogram if you have breast implants. Just make sure to inform your technologist before the procedure. Images of your breast are taken to ensure the implants are intact, then followed by another set of images of just your breast tissue.
What happens if my mammogram shows something abnormal?Not all abnormalities are cancerous. If something unusual is seen, we may order additional tests to determine the cause, which could include additional imaging or a biopsy for analysis.
At Alliance Imaging, we provide a personalized and caring experience for every patient. Our team of skilled technologists use cutting-edge technology to ensure the highest quality imaging and strive to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere so you’ll feel at ease.
To learn more about our Ultrasound services or to schedule your appointment, please contact us at 320-255-6530.