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:
- Fetal (after fourteen weeks)
- Renal (Kidneys)
- Scrotal (Testicular)
- Thyroid (Neck)
- Pleural aspiration
For all other exams, please review the preparation procedures below.