The sound waves used in diagnostic ultrasound imaging produce no known health risks of any kind and are associated with no side effects. Ultrasound does not use X-rays or any other form of ionizing radiation and can be repeated safely and easily as needed. And because ultrasound imaging is less expensive than other imaging modalities, it helps control health-care costs.

How Ultrasound Works

Ultrasound uses a device known as a transducer to send high-frequency sound waves into the body. The sonographer will place the transducer on your skin for most exams. Sound waves emitted by the transducer reflect off of internal structures and are transmitted back to the ultrasound machine, thus producing images of the area of interest.

The sonographer will place gel on your skin to improve transmission of the sound waves. We keep the gel warm for your comfort.