Ultrasound

An Ultrasound (or "sonography") examination is an imaging procedure that utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal organs, muscles and vessels. This technology may be used for several purposes including evaluation of a developing fetus; testicular and ectopic pregnancy exams; evaluation of the heart and blood vessels of the body; evaluation of the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, and ovaries; and evaluation of other soft tissue parts.

During this procedure, sound waves are transmitted through the body by a device called a transducer. The Technologist applies a gel to the body surface that enhances the transmission of the sound waves. The echoes produced when the sound waves strike an internal structure are detected by the transducer and sent to a computer. Because no radiation is utilized in these procedures, there is no radiation risk to the patient or to a developing fetus.

The Diagnostic Imaging department performs 50-60 procedures a week and approximately 2,000 ultrasound procedures a year. All exams must be scheduled through the Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling (574) 224-1151 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Technologists are on call for emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.