What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to develop images of internal structures and tissues. In most ultrasound procedures, a small, hand-held device called a transducer is used to scan the area of the body being examined. The transducer functions as both a generator of sound and a receiver. When it is placed on the skin, it directs sound waves into the body. As the sound waves echo off the body’s tissues and fluids, the transducer records the reflected waves. The echoes are instantly displayed on a screen.

What parts of the body can be examined by Ultrasound?

Gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, scrotum, breast, thyroid, carotid arteries, aorta, uterus and ovaries. Leg veins can be examined for thrombus. Prenatal OB ultrasounds can also be done on a developing fetus.

Where is the ultrasound done?

The ultrasound examination will be done in the radiology department at North Valley Health Center. The scan will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Who will perform the ultrasound?

A trained Ultrasound Technologist will perform your ultrasound.

Does ultrasound cause any pain or discomfort?

There is usually no pain associated with an ultrasound, though there may be some mild discomfort. Some exams require a full urinary bladder. If you are having a pelvic or early OB ultrasound, you may be uncomfortable from the fullness of your urinary bladder.

When is ultrasound provided at NVHC?

Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Will an ultrasound be covered by insurance?

Some ultrasounds are covered by insurance. However, you should call your insurance in advance to see if it is covered.

For more information regarding ultrasound, call (218) 745-4211.