• Ultrasound for Women

  • Ultrasound ACR Accredited

    The Center for Women's Imaging is ACR Accredited in breast ultrasound and breast biopsy. Our dynamic group of sonographers is registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers which means that all of our technologists have received top notch education and are board certified in multiple specialties.



    What is an ultrasound?
    An ultrasound is a medical imaging test that uses high frequency sound waves to produce real-time images of internal organs or blood vessels.  An ultrasound works by moving an instrument called a transducer over the area of the body to be examined. The transducer emits sound waves that reflect off of body parts at differing rates, producing images of the internal structures of the body. Common ultrasound tests for women that may be ordered by your physician include:

    Abdominal Ultrasound
    This exam includes imaging of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, aorta, and IVC.  This exam is generally ordered for abdominal pain or abnormal blood work results.

    Patient Prep: It is very important not to eat or drink anything for 4 hours prior to your exam. This ensures optimal visualization of the upper abdominal organs.

    Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    Carotid Duplex
    This exam is used to assess the carotid arteries in the neck, which help supply blood flow to the brain. It is used to assess the speed, direction, and pattern of flow in the arteries.  Any areas of plaque, stenosis, or aneurysm will also be documented.  This exam can be ordered when a patient is experiencing stroke like symptoms, dizziness, headache, or before certain surgeries as a pre-op workup.

    Patient Prep: There is no prep for this exam

      Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    Pelvic Ultrasound
    This exam assesses the uterus, ovaries, and surrounding pelvic structures.  Most often an internal, transvaginal transducer is used for optimal visualization of these structures.

    Patient Prep: For transabdominal pelvic ultrasound- arrive with a full bladder; For transvaginal pelvic ultrasound - arrive with an empty bladder

    Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    Obstetrical ultrasound
    :  This exam evaluates the size and age of a fetus and assesses its growth, development and well-being during pregnancy. Fetal Ultrasound can be used to detect some, but not all, fetal abnormalities. This screening allows appropriate treatment to be given during pregnancy and childbirth.

    Patient Prep:  There is no prep for this exam

    Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    Renal Ultrasound
    This exam studies both kidneys and the urinary bladder.

    Patient Prep:  Arrive with a full bladder

    Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    Renal Doppler
    This exam studies both kidneys, the urinary bladder, and the blood vessels that supply blood and drain blood from the kidneys.

    Patient Prep: Nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to exam.

    Approx. length of exam: 60 minutes





    Thyroid /Neck Ultrasound
    This exam is performed on the thyroid and/or surrounding structures to look for any abnormalities.

    Patient Prep:  There is no prep for this exam

    Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    Venous Duplex
    This exam interrogates the deep veins in the arms or legs by using the transducer to gently press on the veins, looking for compressibility.  Duplex is used to assess for appropriate venous flow.

    Patient Prep:  There is no prep for this exam

    Approx. length of exam: 30 minutes





    An experienced radiologist will analyze your ultrasounds and send a report to your referring physician, who will inform you on your test results. Results cannot be given directly to the patient or family.
         

    To schedule an Ultrasound, call Scheduling Services at 719-776-8010.
    For more information on The Center for Women's Imaging, call 719-776-5118.

     

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