Ultrasound Exams


An ultrasound exam is a safe diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of many of the internal structures of the body.

Multiple studies have shown that these sound waves are harmless and may be used with complete safety, even on pregnant women, where CT or X-rays would be inappropriate. In some cases, either CT or ultrasound could be used to establish a diagnosis, but ultrasound exams are typically quicker and less expensive. Your physician will order the best kind of exam for your situation.

At BIDMC, our state-of-the-art ultrasound facilities offer:

  • 18 ultrasound rooms
  • Top-of-the-line equipment
  • Full accreditation from the American College of Radiology and ICAVL
  • A dedicated staff of technologists and physicians who will complete your study on time without unnecessary stress

The results of ultrasound exams are very much dependent on the skill of the operator. For this reason, BIDMC's technologists and doctors all have extensive ultrasound training to perform these exams.

Exams and Preparation

No preparation is necessary for these types of ultrasound exams:

  • Breast
  • Fetal (after fourteen weeks)
  • Renal (Kidneys)
  • Scrotal (Testicular)
  • Thyroid (Neck)
  • Amniocentesis
  • Pleural aspiration
  • Paracentesis
  • Thoracentesis

For all other exams, please review the preparation procedures below.