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Ultrasound at Radiology Associates of Norwood

Ultrasound exams use high frequency sound waves that are inaudible to the human ear. These wave are transmitted through the body using an instrument called a transducer, which transmits the information to a computer, that displays on a monitor. Ultrasound is used to create images of soft tissue structures, such as the gall bladder, liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, thyroid, female reproductive organs and babies in the uterus. Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages. There are no harmful side effects and no discomfort during the test.

Ultrasound does not use radiation.

What to Expect During Your Exam

An ultrasound test is painless and does not emit ionizing radiation. It is one of the safest diagnostic medical examinations available today.

If preparation is required before your ultrasound exam, you will receive that information from your physician or from Radiology Associates of Norwood.

Our sonographer will apply an odorless, colorless gel to the skin to the area being studied. This gel helps conduct sound waves from the ultrasound transducer down to the tissues that are the focus of the study. The sonographer will apply the transducer to the skin and short pulses of ultrasound waves will be emitted.

The transducer will be moved around and an image of the various organs under study will appear on a monitor. The sonographer will electronically store the most diagnostically useful images. Those images are used by the physician to make a final diagnosis.

After the exam, you can safely drive home and eat and drink normally.

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