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Nationally Accredited Ultrasound Recognition

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.

Specialized Breast Ultrasound Meets High Quality Standards

For breast ultrasound ACR accreditation, Bayhealth meets a rigorous process of national peer review for breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies. Our imaging specialists must adhere to strict staff qualifications, equipment standards, quality control, quality assurance, image quality and accuracy of needle placement.   

What is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound procedure is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure used to assess soft tissue structures such as muscles, blood vessels, and organs. During pregnancy, ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the development of the fetus.

Ultrasound uses a transducer device to send ultrasonic sound waves through the skin to the organs and structures within the body. The sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and return to the transducer to provide an electronic picture of the organs or tissues under study.

Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs in real time as they function and to assess blood flow through various vessels. Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine parts of the body such as:

  • Abdomen
  • Breasts
  • Female Pelvis
  • Prostate
  • Scrotum
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
  • Vascular system

Before an Ultrasound Procedure

You may be asked to sign a consent form that gives your permission to do the ultrasound procedure. Please read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear. Although the gel applied to the skin during the procedure does not stain clothing, you may wish to wear washable clothing, as the gel may not be completely removed from your skin afterwards.

Any prior preparation, such as fasting or sedation, will be determined by the specific area to be examined. Your doctor will give you instructions if required.

What to Expect During an Ultrasound Procedure

An abdominal ultrasound may be performed on an outpatient basis or as part of your stay in a hospital. Procedures may vary depending on your condition and your doctor's practices. Generally, an abdominal ultrasound follows this process:

  1. You will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that may interfere with the scan.
  2. If asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.
  3. You will lie on an examination table. You will lie either on your back or on your stomach, depending on the specific area of the abdomen to be examined.
  4. A clear gel will be placed on the skin over the area to be examined.
  5. The transducer will be pressed against the skin and moved around over the area being studied.
  6. If blood flow is being assessed, you may hear a "whoosh, whoosh" sound when the Doppler probe is used.
  7. Once the procedure has been completed, the gel will be wiped off.

While an ultrasound procedure causes no pain, having to lie still for the length of the procedure may cause slight discomfort, and the clear gel will feel cool and wet. The technologist will use all possible comfort measures and complete the procedure as quickly as possible to minimize any discomfort.

After an Ultrasound Procedure

There is no special care required after an ultrasound procedure. You may resume your usual diet and activities unless your doctor advises you differently. Your doctor may give you additional or alternate instructions after the procedure, depending on your particular situation.