Abdominal Ultrasound

Abdominal ultrasounds are ordered by your physician in one of the following types:

  • 1. Abdominal ultra sound complete. This includes liver, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, biliary tree, kidney, aorta, bladder and nodes.
  • 2. Abdominal ultrasound limited. This includes liver, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder.
  • 3. Kidney/renal ultrasound. This includes kidneys, aorta, bladder, and nodes
  • 4. Organ specific. This could be one organ in specific such as the liver or gallbladder.

Prep before procedure

 Food and Drink: Do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your procedure.

 If you need to take medications, please do so with a small amount of water. 

When to arrive: 10 minutes prior to your appointment time 

What to bring with you: 

 Insurance Card

 Driver’s License

 Prescription from your doctor

What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

Pelvic Ultrasound

  • Female Pelvic Ultrasounds can be transabdominal or transvaginal. Transabdominal means the images are obtained using a probe on the abdomen. Transvaginal ultrasounds are a specialized procedure to provide better images than transabdominal images. Often times, the ovaries cannot be visualized utilizing the transabdominal approach. A smaller, specially designed transducer will be inserted into the vagina. These procedures are used to visualize the uterus, ovaries, and bladder. The procedure is painless and usually takes about 30 minutes.
  • Male pelvic ultrasounds include the bladder, prostate, and other structures within the pelvis.

  • Prep before procedure:

     Food and Drink: Food and Drink: No heavy meals prior to procedure. Drink 32 ounces of water at least 1 hour prior to procedure. The bladder needs to be full in order to visualize all the structure within the pelvis. Please do not empty your bladder before your procedure. You may urinate after the procedure is completed.

    What to bring with you:

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

    Carotid Doppler

  • Carotid ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive, painless procedure that uses sound waves to examine the blood flow through the carotid arteries. It also evaluates the thickness of the carotid artery wall and checks for clots.
  • One carotid artery is located on each side of the neck. These arteries deliver blood from the heart to the brain.
  • A carotid ultrasound tests for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. The results of the test can help your health care provider determine a treatment to lower your stroke risk.

  • Prep before procedure:

     There is no specific prep needed.

    What to bring with you: 

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

    Echocardiogram

    An Echocardiogram is a test of the movement of the heart, heart valves, and blood flow using ultrasound waves to produce a visual display used for the diagnosis and monitoring of heart disease. The test shows how the blood moves through the heart chambers and heart valves as well.


    Prep before procedure:

     No specific prep is necessary.

    What to bring with you: 

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

    Transrectal Prostate

  • Transrectal ultrasound is a specialized test to provide better images than viewing the prostate through an ultrasound of the external pelvis. A smaller, specially designed transducer will be inserted into the rectum.

  • Prep before procedure:

     1. Avoid blood thinners for 10 days prior to the exam. Consult with your doctor regarding this step.

     2. Use an enema 2-4 hours prior to your procedure.

     3. Drink water prior to the procedure to ensure a full bladder. Do not urinate prior to your procedure.

    What to bring with you: 

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

    Arterial and Venous Doppler

    An Arterial and Venous Doppler works to measure and record blood flow through the use of sound waves and a transducer. Your doctor may use an Arterial and Venous Doppler Procedure to evaluate and identify any:

    • Blockages
    • Clots
    • Narrowing of The Vessels
    • Vein Abnormalities
    • Tumors
    • Blood Flow Problems (that may indicate Peripheral Artery Disease) This procedure will not only confirm or rule out arterial blockage, but it will also allow the doctor to identify where the blockages are and how bad they are.

    Prep before procedure:

     No specific prep is necessary.

    What to bring with you: 

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

    Thyroid Scrotum Breast Soft Tissue

    This category would include procedures for your thyroid, scrotum, breast, and soft tissue.

    • Thyroid ultrasound: Images of the thyroid gland located in the neck area. This exam looks for nodules, goiters, enlargement of the thyroid gland or other abnormalities.
    • Scrotum ultrasound: Images of the scrotum and testes to detect hydrocele or other abnormalities.
    • Soft Tissue: Ultrasound of a mass or lump located anywhere on the body that is concerning.
    • Breast ultrasound: Ultrasound of the breast for mass or lump in the breast tissue.

    Prep before procedure:

     No specific prep is necessary.

    What to bring with you: 

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.

    Abdominal Aorta

    An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the lower part of the main artery becomes weak and bulges. An abdominal aorta ultrasound is a medical imaging test that uses sound waves to see inside the abdomen. It is the preferred screening test for an abdominal aortic aneurysm.


    Prep before procedure:

     Food and Drink: Do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your procedure.

     If you need to take medications, please do so with a small amount of water. 

    What to bring with you: 

     Insurance Card

     Driver’s License

     Prescription from your doctor

    What to wear: Comfortable, loose clothing.

    After the procedure: No restrictions on activity or diet. You can go about your normal activities.

    Exam results: Ultrasound procedures are read by our Board Certified Radiologist. The report will be sent to the ordering physician generally within 24-48 hours.