Ultrasound is a safe procedure that utilizes high frequency sound waves to produce an image. There is no ionizing radiation involved. The sound waves enter the body, and then bounce back from the tissues and organs in a pattern that produces an image on a screen. These images are instantaneously transmitted onto the radiology's PACS (Picture Archive and Communication) system for immediate interpretation by our radiologists.
Types of exams:
The following Ultrasound Examinations are performed at Beth Israel Health Center Lexington:
- Abdominal (Liver, Gallbladder, Pancreas, Kidneys, Spleen, Aorta)
- Pelvic (Uterus, Ovaries)
- Obstetrical (Size and Anatomy of fetus, Growth of Pregnancy)
- Vascular (Carotids and Deep Veins)
- Small Parts (Breast, Thyroid, Scrotal)
- Nuchal Lucency (Early Risk assessment of fetus)
- Renal (Kidneys and Bladder)
What will happen in the ultrasound room?
You will lie on an examination table. The part of the body to be examined will be uncovered. A sonographer will apply warm gel to the skin surface which allows the sound waves to enter the body. The sonographer will move a small instrument called a transducer over the area to view and record images as necessary. Ultrasound exams do not hurt. But if you are already having some pain in the areas to be scanned, let the sonographer know if you are feeling discomfort. The average examination takes 30-60 minutes. Some may take less time.
After you leave, your exam will be reviewed and interpreted by a radiologist. Your doctor will be contacted with the results of your exam.
Who will do the ultrasound examination?
A specially trained licensed sonographer who is registered through the ARDMS (American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers).
Upon completion of the exam, a radiologist from BIDMC or The Children's Hospital/Boston will interpret the images. You doctor will be contacted with the results.
Hours of Operation:
Ultrasound Examinations are performed Monday - Friday 7:15am-4:30pm
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call: 781-528-2520.