How does it work?
Ultrasound or sonography uses high frequency sound waves. These sound waves create echoes based on the density of objects they come in contact with. Our high-tech APIO 50 running 80 software interprets this data and creates a real-time image.
Is it safe?
Yes. Ultrasound is a non-invasive technique so there are no syringes, scalpels, or other cutting devices. It also doesn’t use ionizing radiation like an x-ray does, so patients and babies are not exposed to harmful radiation.
Who does them?
We offer the full range of ultrasound services. We have 2 highly skilled, friendly sonographers, both of which are registered in OB/GYN, breast, and abdomen and are nationally certified with ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography).
Morning Scan – NOTHING by mouth after midnight
1) Do not eat or drink anything
2) Do not smoke
3) Do not chew gum
Afternoon Scan – Clear liquid only before 9 A.M. Clear liquid includes water or apple juice. No carbonated drinks or milk.
Empty your bladder two hours before your exam. Start and finish drinking 32 ounces of water within the first hour. Do not void until after your exam is completed.
Two hours before your exam, empty your bladder then choose the # that applies to you.
1) 0 to 28 weeks, drink 32 ounces of water.
2) 28 to 40 weeks, drink 24 ounces of water.
Start and finish drinking this water within the first hour. Do not void until after your exam is completed.
Drink two 8 ounce glasses of water 1 1/2 hours before scan and then drink one 8 ounce glass of water right before the scan. Do not void until after the exam is completed. For children under 12 years of age, drink one 8 ounce glass of water before exam. Do not void before the exam. If you have additional questions, please contact us at (509) 447-9317.