An ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic test that uses sound waves to penetrate the organs and tissues. Because sound waves are used, the body is not exposed to radiation during this exam. Ultrasounds are commonly used to examine many different parts of the body to further diagnose abnormalities. Because it is a relatively inexpensive test, your referring doctor may recommend that you have an ultrasound if your symptoms do not lead to a definitive diagnosis.
Ultrasound studies offered at Visconti Imaging:
To allow for optimal imaging, it is important to follow the instructions for each exam very closely. Please call our office if you have any questions.
Abdomen ultrasounds – If you are experiencing abdominal pain, your doctor may refer you for an ultrasound. Abdomen ultrasounds are used to evaluate organs such as the kidney, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen and liver. This helps to diagnose many problems such as an enlarged organ, kidney stones and blood clots.
Special instructions: Do not eat or drink for six hours prior to your exam.
Arterial studies (Carotid, lower extremity, upper extremity, etc.) – During an arterial study, the blood flow is examined to determine if an abnormality is present. Arterial studies help to determine the extent of arterial stenosis and the amount of plaque built up in your arteries.
Special instructions: Do not eat or drink for eight hours prior to your exam time. If you take any medications, you may take them with a sip of clear, non-carbonated water. Please notify our office if you are diabetic to schedule your appointment in the morning. You will need to take anti-gas tablets, such as Mylanta or Maalox, as directed 24 hours prior to your exam time. Please refrain from eating any spicy foods the day before the exam. Do not smoke or chew gum the day of the exam.
Breast ultrasounds – Ultrasounds of the breast are used to diagnose breast symptoms. Questionable areas on a mammogram can be further examined under ultrasound to characterize the abnormality. Also, lumps in the breast can be distinguished as a solid mass or fluid (cyst). Once the lump is categorized, a breast biopsy can also be completed at Image North.
Special instructions: Patient preparation is not required for breast ultrasounds.
Pelvic ultrasounds – Pelvic ultrasounds are used examine the lower abdomen and the reproductive organs of both males and females. Women who are experiencing pelvic pain or abnormal menstruations may be referred for an ultrasound exam. In men, a pelvic ultrasound evaluates the prostate and bladder.
Special Instructions: Drink 32 oz. of water and finish one hour prior to your exam time. Please refrain from using the restroom because you will need to have a full bladder during the exam.
Obstetrical Ultrasounds – Your doctor may refer you for an ultrasound at any point throughout your pregnancy to evaluate the health of your baby. Obstetrical ultrasounds can help to assess fetal growth, determine the date of delivery and diagnose abnormalities. At Visconti Imaging & Vein, three-dimensional (3D) pictures can be taken of your baby!
Special instructions: Drink 32 oz. of water and finish one hour prior to your exam time. Please refrain from using the restroom because you will need to have a full bladder during the exam.
Thyroid ultrasounds – Thyroid ultrasounds examine the thyroid glands, which are located on both sides of your neck. These ultrasounds are used to help diagnose a palpable mass. If necessary, an ultrasound-guided biopsy of your thyroid can also be completed at Image North. During a thyroid biopsy, ultrasound guidance is used to ensure a small amount of the abnormal tissue is appropriately removed.
Special instructions: Stop taking all blood thinners and/or aspirin at least seven days prior to your biopsy.
Venous ultrasounds (lower extremity, upper extremity, etc.) – Venous ultrasounds are used to examine the blood flowing through your veins. By examining the blood flow, the radiologist can determine if a there is a clot in the veins of your arm or leg. At Visconti Imaging & Vein, venous ultrasounds are mainly performed to identify problematic varicose veins. To learn more about the symptoms and treatment options for varicose veins, click here.
Special instructions: Patient preparation is not required for venous ultrasounds.