Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, produces images of the inside of the body using high-frequency sound waves. These images are captured in real-time, and are able to show the structure and movement of the organs.
Who is this procedure for?
Ultrasound imaging can be used to monitor and diagnose a wide range of conditions within nearly any system of the body. This test may be performed on patients experiencing pain, swelling or infection in a certain area of the body.
It is especially useful for examining the breasts, bladder, thyroid, abdominal organs and male and female reproductive organs, blood vessels, and for obtaining images of fetuses in the womb. In addition, ultrasound is often used as a real-time guide during needle biopsies for the precise sampling of tissue.
What happens during the procedure?
During the ultrasound procedure, the patient is positioned on an examination table and a warm, clear gel is applied to the area being examined. A transducer is then firmly pressed against the skin and swept back and forth to record the sound waves that are used to obtain the image. The image appears on a computer screen in real time, so that the patient and doctor can view it together.
How should I prepare for this procedure?
Patients should wear loose clothing for this procedure that allows for the abdominal area to be easily exposed. You may also be asked to change into a gown. In some cases, such as pelvic/urinary bladder examinations, you may be asked to have drink up to six glasses of water and not empty your bladder before the procedure. In other cases, such as most gallbladder and abdominal examinations, you may be instructed NOT to have anything to eat or drink after midnight before your appointment, or at least 6-8 hours before. The scheduling staff will tell you if you need any of these preparations
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Beyond our advanced technology, we have tailored our services to provide the highest level of patient comfort.
Irvine Urgent Care Imaging Center provides comfortable surroundings for a relaxing imaging experience. Offering same day and next day appointments, fast registration, and quick delivery of results, Irvine Urgent Care Imaging is your choice for outpatient imaging.
Open 7 Days a Week - Walk-ins WelcomePatients do not need an appointment at Irvine Urgent Care.
Patients are seen as quickly as possible on a walk-in basis. Our staff will let patients know of any delays.