DeKalb Medical offers state-of-the-art technology to perform ultrasound which creates images that allow various organs and systems in the body to be viewed using high-frequency sound waves. Also called ultrasound scanning or sonogram, it involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of organs and systems inside of the body. Unlike a traditional X-ray or CT scan , an ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation X-ray.
Ultrasound imaging is used for many different tests because it can give your doctor information that may help in your diagnosis and treatment. Most soft tissue organs can be studied with ultrasound or sonogram. For example, the gallbladder may be checked for gallstones. The kidneys, liver, and pancreas can be studied for tumors or cysts. Blood vessels can be checked for swelling or blockage. Sonograms are also used to evaluate pregnancy. A sonogram is used to see the growth, position, and number of babies in the mother’s womb.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations such as ultrasound or sonogram, will analyze the images from your ultrasound. He or she will send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will share the results of your ultrasound or sonogram with you.
If you are having an upper abdominal ultrasound at DeKalb Medical, you will be asked not to eat or drink for 8 hours before your exam. When having a pelvic ultrasound, you will need to drink 32 ounces to fill your bladder prior to your appointment time. There may be some discomfort on your full bladder, but this is necessary to obtain the best imaging to evaluate your pelvic organs. You will be asked to empty your bladder after the exam is completed.
You may be asked to change into a hospital gown, primarily to protect your clothes from the gel that will be applied to your skin during the exam. In most cases, there will be no need to remove jewelry, watches or dental wear.
The registered ultrasonographer or sonographer, who has been specially trained will operate the equipment and perform your exam. They will ask you to lie down on an exam table. After a gel is applied to your skin, a hand-held device called a transducer will be guided slowly across your skin. The sonographer then will record images that appear on the monitor.
Some ultrasounds, such as a transvaginal ultrasound, require the transducer to be inserted into your body to obtain images.
When your ultrasound is complete, you may be asked to remain on the examination table briefly while the technologist reviews the ultrasound images for clarity. Occasionally more images may be required by the radiologist.
A report will be sent to your doctor, who will share the results with you.
Your ultrasound can be scheduled in one of two ways. Your physician can contact DeKalb Medical to schedule your ultrasound for you. Or, your physician can send DeKalb Medical his or her orders for the test and you can schedule your own ultrasound when we have received your doctor’s orders. To schedule your ultrasound, call 404.501.2660.
If your ultrasound will be performed at the Diagnostic Imaging Center at DeKalb Medical at North Decatur,