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Ultrasound imaging - also known as sonography - uses sound waves to produce images of organs, vessels and tissues in the body. During an ultrasound examination, a small, hand-held transducer is placed in contact with the patient's body. It emits inaudible, high-frequency sound waves that pass through the body, sending back "echoes" as they bounce off organs, vessel walls and tissues. Special computer equipment then converts these echoes into an image.
CUC radiologists use our GE Logic E9 Ultrasound machine to monitor the heartbeat and development of unborn babies and to produce images of normal and diseased tissue inside the body. Our ultrasound can also detect and evaluate cancer, fetal abnormalities, and other conditions. In addition, our equipment can measure the flow of blood in the heart and blood vessels.
Depending upon the body part being examined, you may be advised to drink water before your ultrasound examination, because sound waves travel more easily through fluid. You also may be advised to avoid drinking carbonated beverages before the examination because the air bubbles may interfere with the image.
You should wear comfortable clothing on the day of your examination. You may or may not be asked to put on a hospital gown, depending upon the procedure.
Before the exam begins, a sonographer will explain the procedure to you, ask questions about your health, ask why your physician requested the exam, and answer any questions you might have. A sonographer is a skilled medical professional who has received specialized education in the areas of anatomy, patient care, imaging techniques and ultrasound procedures.
During the Examination
Total examination time can range from less than 30 minutes to more than an hour, depending upon the part of the body being examined.
The sonographer will position you on the examination table and apply a special lotion to your skin directly above the area being studied. The lotion is odorless, harmless and water-soluble. It acts as a conductor, making it easier for sound waves to travel into the underlying anatomy.
After the lotion is applied, the sonographer will move a device called a transducer over the lotion-covered skin.
When the exam is complete, your ultrasound scans will be given to a radiologist -a physician who specializes in the diagnostic interpretation of medical images.
GE Logic E-9 Ultrasound
This is a revolutionary system focused on delivering remarkable image quality and productivity in a more ergonomic design. As a full-service ultrasound, it provides vascular, abdominal, pelvic, and obstetric sonographic services. With its software-intensive ultrasound imaging platform, it gives us unsurpassed computational power, image manipulation capabilities and workflow flexibility.
The Ultrasound architecture improves image quality and expands clinical utility. It also improves image acquisition and patient throughput while increasing diagnostic confidence and exam consistency. In addition, its advanced ergonomic design makes it extremely comfortable for patients and easy to use for the staff.