Ultrasound scanning is a diagnostic technique in which very high-frequency sound waves are used to “see” inside the body. Also called sonography, ultrasound emits sound waves that can be bounced off (echo) the kidneys, liver, heart, or other soft tissue and converted into images on a television screen. No radiation is involved in this procedure. Ultrasound is a versatile and comfortable method of diagnostic testing that can provide excellent images of the body and its organs. It can also be used to analyze blood flow through vessels throughout the body. During pregnancy, ultrasound can evaluate the growth, health, and position of the developing fetus.
Englewood Hospital offers pregnant patients the option of having ultrasound exams performed in the Maternal and Fetal Medicine Center. This center is solely dedicated to the concerns of pregnant women and fetal evaluation.
What can I expect from an ultrasound procedure?
In general, patients can expect to change into a hospital gown. The ultrasound technologist or physician will apply a water-soluble jelly to the area of the body being examined and the ultrasound transducer will be passed over the area. Images will be formed by a computer and displayed on a video screen.
How do I prepare for an ultrasound?
Sometimes, special preparation is necessary. Depending on the type of ultrasound scheduled, patients may be asked to drink several glasses of water prior to the test or refrain from eating approximately 8 hours prior to the examination.