Other Health Services

Other Health Services

Ultrasound

Hours of Service:

On call emergency coverage after hours and weekends.

All Ultrasound procedures are to be scheduled through our central scheduling line at 777-4049.

Overview of Ultrasound:

The Ultrasound department is located on the first floor of the hospital.

The staff perform all modes of ultrasound to include OB/GYN, high-risk OB, abdominal, cardiology and vascular imaging.

Ultrasound Imaging Procedures:

In order to provide adequate scanning time, patients are asked to arrive 15 minutes before their exam times to allow for registration and completion of required paperwork. In addition, patients are asked to please bring any written orders that the physician may have given to them.

St.Mary’s Ultrasound Department offers high definition ultrasound imaging in all modalities of diagnostic ultrasound. Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure using high frequency sound waves to image soft tissue. Ultrasound waves are similar to sonar waves. Ultrasound is very safe. In fact, there have been no side effects to ultrasound documented over the past 30 years of use worldwide.

Ultrasound preps are very basic.

Abdominal exams: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Patients may take their medications with water.

Pelvic exams: Requires a full urinary bladder. Drink 36 oz of water, one hour before your scheduled appointment time.

Obstetrical exams:
1st trimester: Drink 36 oz of water, one hour before your scheduled appointment time.

2nd and 3rd trimester require no prep.

Patients are reminded that in the interest of space, and in order to provide a thorough and accurate exam, only two people are allowed to accompany the patient into the scan room (please no children under the age of 12). Ultrasound is a very demanding exam and requires the sonographer’s complete attention. For this reason, visitors are asked to keep distractions to a minimum.

Cardiology exams: No prep required.

Stress Echo: Nothing by mouth four hours prior to exam.

Vascular exams: No Prep required.

Licensing/Accreditation:

The ultrasound technologists have had extensive training and advanced certifications through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How long will the exam take?

A: Most exams require 30 to 45 minutes (not including registration). Patients should plan on being in the department for approximately one hour. Patients having stress echos, should allow two hours.

Q: Why do I need to fast for my exam?

A: Fasting eliminates much air in the stomach, which ultrasound does not see through. In addition many foods contract the gallbladder thus preventing visualization.

Q: Why do I need a full urinary bladder?

A: The full bladder is used as a window to see through the bowel in the pelvis. This allows visualization of the uterus and ovaries.

Q: When will my physician receive the report?

A: Reports are generated after the Radiologist interprets the images. This is usually done on the same day as your exam. The report is dictated at this time for transcription and the report is sent out to your physician within 48 hours. Please remember that the sonographer will not be at liberty to give you a verbal report at the end of your exam.

Q. Is ultrasound harmful?

A: No. After many years of using diagnostic levels of ultrasound, no harmful effects have been demonstrated. For more information go to these sites on the web: