What is an Ultrasound Exam?

Ultrasound or as it is sometimes called sonography- is a non-invasive diagnostic medical procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (hence the name ultrasound) to produce images of organs, tissues or blood flow inside the body. This type of imaging is used to examine many parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, female and male reproductive system, heart and blood vessels. Ultrasound is used extensively for the evaluation of fetal development. It can also be used to do procedures for tissue biopsies of the cells from an organ.

How do I prepare?

Dress casually and in loose clothing when you come for an Ultrasound procedure, as more than likely you will have to change into a gown. Dressing in a casual manner allows ease in changing. There are times when a little gel could get onto your clothing so you do not want to be wearing your best attire. You will not have to take off all of your clothing but the sonographer will let you know exactly which items need to be removed for the procedure.

What is involved?

You will be asked to change into a gown in the Ultrasound area, the sonographer (this is the non-physician professional who will be performing the procedure) will have you lay on the table/stretcher, administer some ultrasound gel on the skin in that area that is to be examined then press on that area with a special device called a transducer.  The transducer works like a loudspeaker and microphone because it transmits and receives back sound signals. Different parts of the body reflect sound differently. A computer then analyzes these sounds to make the image that is seen on the television monitor of the ultrasound machine.  You will only feel the transducer being moved and sometimes having to be pushed a little to obtain better pictures. 

How long will it take?

The length of the procedure will depend on the body part being examined and may vary slightly at the different sites in Winnipeg.  This information is outlined more specifically in the attached link.

How do I get my results?

Your results will be read by a radiologist, and a report will be sent to your referring physician, who will go over the results with you.


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