What is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound exam is also called a sonogram. There are several different types of exams that can be done using ultrasound. It can be used to examine various organs in your body. Ultrasound can be used to see soft tissue and some blood vessels.

How Should I Prepare?

Depending on the type of study being done, there are different preparations. Some studies require fasting prior to the study, others do not. Some studies require a full bladder. Your physician's office, and/or Scheduling will provide you with the necessary preparation instructions for your particular study. If someone accompanies you, he or she may wait in the registration waiting area.

You must be scheduled for an appointment. If you are, report 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment at the registration desk of the hospital. If you do not have a scheduled appointment, if you have questions about your appointment, or if you are unable to keep your appointment, call Scheduling at (985) 730-6804.

What to Expect

You may be asked to change into a patient gown to prevent your clothes from being stained. A transducer, or probe, is used to project and receive the sound waves and the return signals. A gel is wiped onto the skin so that the sound waves are not distorted as they cross through the skin. The probe will be repositioned and pointed in different directions. The Technologist may need to vary the amount of pressure used to push the probe into the skin. The procedure is usually painless.

Getting the Results

After your examination is completed, the Radiologist will give a report to your physician. Contact your physician to discuss the results.