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Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses sound waves to detect and diagnose various conditions and internal diseases without the use of radiation. Ultrasound is used for all parts of the body and is effective in the clinical evaluation and treatment of the following:

  • Abdominal organs
  • Blood flow and vessel disorders
  • Infection
  • Muscuskeletal exams, such as imaging baby hips and spine
  • High-risk neonatal exams
  • Obstetric exams - first, second, and third trimester
  • Pelvic disorders
  • Small parts exams, such as breasts, testicles and the thyroid
  • Soft tissue abnormalities
  • Special procedures such as paracentesis, thoracentesis and intraoperative exams

Special preparation is required for certain ultrasound examinations, such as fasting or presenting with a full bladder. Call your doctor or ARMC Imaging Services at 706-475-9729 to confirm what preparations are needed for your exam.

What to Expect with Your Ultrasound

When you arrive for your ultrasound, a technologist will ask you to change into a gown and then will assist you onto a padded exam table. You will be asked to lie still for 30 to 45 minutes while the test is conducted.

The technologist will first spread a warm gel on your skin which helps make the image of the ultrasound clear. Then the tech will place a wand (called a transducer) over the gel and the area to be studied. Most patients do not feel any kind of sensation while the procedure takes place.

A radiologist will typically read the results within one day and the report will be sent to your doctor's office.

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