An ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic test that uses sound waves to produce images of your blood vessels and inner organs, including your:
Ultrasound technology can also evaluate male and female reproductive organs, including the uterus, ovaries, and testicles.
The sound wave energy goes through your skin without causing damage. The procedure requires no anesthesia, and your Spring Hospital doctor can provide information to get you ready for your ultrasound ahead of time, such as not eating or drinking several hours before the exam.
Spring Hospital offers the convenience of on-site ultrasound imaging to diagnose a wide range of conditions and to identify the underlying cause of pain or other symptoms.
You might need an ultrasound to diagnose blockages in your cardiovascular, digestive, or reproductive systems, to evaluate the flow of blood through your arteries and veins, or to confirm diseases like cancer in your major organs.
The providers at Spring Hospital also use ultrasound technology to guide the injection of pain-relievers or anti-inflammatories into precise locations in your spine, muscles, or joints. Ultrasound guidance ensures you receive the full benefit of your treatment.
You can expect to lie comfortably on an exam table during your ultrasound. Your Spring Hospital technician places a handheld transducer over the area they are examining. They first apply a gel to your skin to help the device glide smoothly.
The transducer delivers sound waves through your skin to create pictures of the targeted blood vessels or organs. The images appear on an external monitor that your provider watches in real-time.
To get the best images of the diagnostic area, the technician may press down on the transducer as they move it around. This can cause some discomfort, but the procedure isn’t generally painful.
Following your ultrasound, your physician reviews your results and can discuss your options for moving forward with other diagnostic testing and treatment. You can resume your usual activities immediately after an ultrasound without any limitations.
If you have unexplained pain or other symptoms that need a proper diagnosis, find out if you need an ultrasound by calling Spring Hospital. You can also visit the hospital’s emergency room as a walk-in.