Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a type of imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and tissues inside your body. It can also be used to measure blood flow in your arteries. Ultrasound photos can help your doctor find cysts, tumors, aneurysms and other problems, and to diagnose and treat many conditions.

Advanced Ultrasound Imaging at Fletcher Allen

We perform basic ultrasound procedures every day. We also use advanced techniques, such as endovascular and intraoperative ultrasound. 

Our radiologists are specially trained in reading ultrasound images. Their skills ensure expert and accurate diagnosis for our patients. 

Our ultrasound services include:

  • Diagnostic ultrasound examinations of abdominal and pelvic organs
  • Vascular examinations
  • Neck, breast, soft tissue and scrotal examinations
  • Ultrasound-guided interventional procedures
  • Intraoperative assistance 

What to Expect During an Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure. 

During your ultrasound exam:

  • You will lie on an examination table.
  • A specially trained ultrasound technician will apply a small amount of gel to your skin over the area to be examined. The gel helps eliminate the formation of air pockets between your body and the ultrasound wand.
  • During the exam, the technician will press a small hand-held device called a transducer against your skin. The transducer sends and receives the sound waves that create images inside your body. 
  • Some ultrasounds, such as endovascular ultrasound imaging, take pictures from inside of your body. They involve inserting a long, flexible tube called a catheter into your blood vessels. The catheter has a tiny ultrasound transducer attached at the end.

Preparing for an Ultrasound

Most ultrasound exams don’t require special preparation, but some do. Be sure to follow any special instructions your doctor gives you in preparation for your exam. Your doctor may advise you not to eat or drink for 12 hours before your ultrasound, or to have a full bladder for the procedure. In some cases, no preparation is necessary.

Find a Fletcher Allen radiologist.