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  • Ultrasound Facts and Types of Exams

  • How it Works

    Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves (like a radar) to create images of the inside of the body. It is completely safe for pregnant women and for children. Images are obtained by placing an ultrasound transducer (a microphone) against the body. A small amount of gel is placed on the skin. The exam is painless.


    Types of Exams

    • Abdominal Ultrasound assesses the gallbladder, liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. How to prepare
    • Pelvic Ultrasound can evaluate a woman's uterus and ovaries. Frequently, an endovaginal study is performed in which a special transducer with a sterile cover is inserted into the vagina by the patient. This provides very high resolution images of the uterus and ovaries. In men, pelvic ultrasound can evaluate the prostate. This requires a special endorectal transducer that is inserted into the rectum. How to prepare
    • Thyroid Ultrasound assesses the size of the thyroid gland and looks for thyroid nodules. No special preparation is needed for this exam.

    For more information, call 401-793-4505, or e-mail Sandra Moriarty.