Your ultrasound: as unique as you are
At Bayhealth Diagnostic Imaging, we offer a wide variety of ultrasound procedures. Your health care provider will order a specific type of ultrasound based on your specific medical need.
What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves instead of radiation to produce images of soft tissue and structures within the body. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs in real time as they function and assess blood flow. The technologist uses a hand held instrument called a transducer which produces sound waves as it glides over your skin. Sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and return to the transducer to provide digital pictures.
How do I prepare for an ultrasound procedure?
Many ultrasound exams require prior preparation that may include fasting or filling your bladder. Please check with your physician for specific directions prior to your procedure.
Although the gel we apply to your skin during the procedure won’t stain clothing, you may want to wear washable clothing.
What to Expect During an Ultrasound Procedure
We may perform an ultrasound on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in a hospital. Generally, an ultrasound follows this process.
- You may be asked to remove clothing, jewelry, or other objects that could interfere with your ultrasound. If necessary, we may ask you to wear a gown.
- During your procedure, you’ll be lying on your back or side. Your cooperation matters – it helps us get the images your physician needs.
- We’ll use a warm, clear gel on your skin over the area we need to examine.
- We will press the transducer against your skin and move it around over the area being studied. At times, we’ll apply more pressure to get a better image.
- If we are assessing blood flow, you may hear a pulsing sound.
- Once your procedure is completed, we’ll wipe off the gel.
The ultrasound procedure isn’t painful, but sometimes you may experience discomfort. This is especially true if you’ve had a recent injury or surgery. We’ll do our best to make you comfortable and complete the procedure quickly.
After your ultrasound procedure
There is no special care required after an ultrasound procedure. You may resume your usual diet and activities unless your physician advises you differently.
Bayhealth is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for both Ultrasound and Breast Ultrasound. This national accrediting organization mandates diagnostic quality and safety standards and our diagnostic imaging services meet the high standards for ultrasound including the acquisition of clinical imaging, submission of relevant physician reports and quality control documentation. We also hold a separate accreditation for breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies and are required to meet high standards. Our imaging specialists must adhere to strict staff qualifications, equipment standards, quality control, quality assurance, image quality and accuracy of needle placement.