What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a technology that uses a transducer probe to send and receive high frequency sound waves. As these sound waves enter your body, some of them are echoed back to the probe. The probe is connected to a computer which then performs various calculations and creates images.

Why do I need to have an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is usually performed to evaluate the blood vessels for narrowing or blockage. Ultrasound is also used to monitor unborn babies.

How is this test performed?

You will be asked to lie on a table. The Technologist will place a clear gel on the area to be tested, and an ultrasound probe will be guided along your skin. There is no pain involved. This test typically lasts 15 to 30 minutes, and there is very little noise.

Do I need to do anything to prepare for this test?

There are no special preparations you need to do prior to having this test. You may be asked to remove clothing and jewelry around the area being tested.

When will I get the results of my test?

If your appointment is the same day as your test, the Doctor will usually review the results with you during your appointment. In some cases, the Doctor or his Nurse may call you with the results the next day.

Are there risks involved in this test?

There are no significant risks involved with this test.