Ultrasound


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SECTION CHIEF
Dr. Kevin Forte

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Our Sonographers are Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, who have taken and passed a National Registry Exam and must acquire continuing education every year as required by the National Organization, American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, (ARDMS).
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TYPES OF ULTRASOUND RADIOLOGY CONSULTANTS PERFORMS

  • Abdominal Complete (Liver, Pancreas, Kidneys, Gallbladder, Aorta and Spleen)
  • Abdomen Limited (Gallbladder, Liver or Kidneys)
  • Fetal Age (Complete – Level 2)
  • Fetal Age (Multiple Gestation)
  • Fetal (Bio Physical) Profile
  • Hysterosonography
  • Obstetric Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Renal Transplant
  • Scrotal Ultrasound
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Transvaginal Pelvis
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Venous Doppler of Lower Extremity

FACTS ABOUT ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound uses sound waves to obtain an image or picture of various organs and tissues in the body. Ultrasound is used to detect various abnormalities, including aneurysms (enlarging of artery walls), gallstones, cysts, and tumors. Please note, Ultrasound is not used to evaluate your stomach or intestines.

Ultrasound Imaging is based on the same principle involved in the sonar used by bats, ships at sea and anglers with fish detectors. As a controlled sound bounces against objects, its echoing waves can be used to identify how far away the object is, how large it is, and how uniform it is.

NOTE
Ultrasound is inaudible, high frequency sound waves that have no known harmful effects to humans. No ionizing radiation is involved in Ultrasound Imaging.


ULTRASOUND AND PREGNANCY

Ultrasound is also a common prenatal procedure used even in low-risk pregnancies. Our Radiologic Physicians use Ultrasound to determine the condition of a baby, to monitor its development throughout the pregnancy, to confirm due dates, and in some cases, to determine the sex of a baby.


WHAT TO EXPECT DURING PROCEDURE

Transducer Probe
Radiology_Consultants_Ultrasound_Transducer_Probe A special instrument called a Transducer Probe is the main part of an Ultrasound machine, and what is used to obtain the images.

A Transducer is used to transmit harmless, high frequency sound waves through your body. Inside the Transducer is a sensitive microphone that picks up echoes of these waves. Tiny changes in the sound’s pitch and direction are recorded, measured and then converted into an image that is displayed by the computer.

A special transducer, placed in the vagina, will occasionally be needed during a female pelvic ultrasound to better visualize the uterus and ovaries.

The Procedure Itself

  1. A Sonographer, a specially trained technologist, will perform your Ultrasound exam.
  2. You are comfortably positioned on the examination table.
  3. A transmission gel is applied to the area of your body that is being examined. This application makes it easier for the sound waves to reach their destination.
  4. A transducer is moved slowly over the body area being examined. The transducer should be the only thing you feel during your exam. Please remain relaxed and still so the images are clear.
  5. One of our Radiologic Physicians will monitor the images and scan as needed to assure that the most accurate results are obtained.

While you are at Radiology Consultants, we want you to feel at ease and safe. If you have any questions or concerns about the procedure, please bring them to our attention. We believe in treating your needs with care.


WHO INTERPRETS THE RESULTS AND HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE RESULTS OF THE TEST?

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One of our Radiologic Physicians will read your “images,” and then forward a report of the findings to your referring Physician along with follow-up recommendations. Your Physician should contact you with the results.


WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?

Radiology Consultants will file all insurance as a courtesy to you. Depending on the Contractual Agreement with your Insurance Company, you may owe a co-payment and/or deductible at the time of service.

* Please bring your Insurance Card with you *

Please visit our BILLING PAGE for specific information on Insurance, Self-Pay, Motor Vehicle Accident, Cash, Debit or Major Credit Card payment options.

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Important…

Please notify the Radiologic Physician and/or Technologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant. Radiation is potentially harmful to a developing baby during pregnancy.

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Source: American College of Radiology
Source: Journal of the American College of Radiology