Most ultrasound examinations are done using a sonar device outside of your body, though some ultrasound examinations involve placing a device inside your body.
You may need to undergo an ultrasound for a variety of reasons. Ultrasound may be used, for example, to:
How you prepare for an ultrasound depends on which area of your body needs evaluation:
When scheduling your ultrasound, ask us for specific instructions for your particular exam.
When your exam is complete, the sonographer and a radiologist generally view the ultrasound images on film or on a computer monitor. The radiologist analyzes the images and sends a report of the findings to your doctor usually within 48 hours.