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Small Parts Ultrasound Exam Preparation

Overview

High resolution small parts ultrasound is most frequently utilized to evaluate for possible abnormalities in the thyroid and parathyroid glands, in the scrotum and testis, in the breast, and occasionally at other superficial sites of possible abnormality.

Exam Preparation

No special preparation is necessary.

What will happen during my exam?

How is my exam performed? The patient lies on a scanning table with the area to be examined exposed. The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a warm water-based gel on the skin surface which helps to transmit sound waves by excluding air. An instrument called a transducer, which is about the size of a microphone, will be moved over the skin surface by the sonographer to obtain the diagnostic images.

How long will the exam take?

These exams typically take approximately 30 minutes.

Will it hurt?

No.

Exam Results

Upon completion of the exam, a radiologist from BIDMC or Children's Hospital will interpret your exam. Your doctor will be contacted with the results.

Contact Information

BIDHC-Lexington
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420
781-528-2400