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An ultrasound exam is a safe diagnostic procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of the inside of your body. At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Milton, your doctor can use ultrasound to get images of many internal structures in your body.
Ultrasound (US) scans are non-invasive and don’t use radiation. Studies have shown that these sound waves are completely safe, harmless even on someone who is pregnant.
Some ultrasounds may require specific preparation prior to the exam, such as fasting or having a full bladder. Our testing team provides you with detailed instructions when we schedule your ultrasound.
Preparing for Your Ultrasound Scan
Before Your Ultrasound
Arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may need to change into a hospital gown.
During Your Ultrasound
A sonographer — a health care professional specially trained in the use of ultrasound — applies a gel to the skin in the area of the procedure. The gel maximizes contact between the transducer (a microphone-like device) and the skin to produce high-quality images.
The sonographer then passes the transducer over the area and uses specialized imaging equipment to create images of the inside of your body. Depending on the type of exam, you may have to lie still, change positions or hold your breath.
After Your Ultrasound
A radiologist specialized in ultrasound imaging reviews the results and discusses them with your doctor. Your doctor may explain the results to you, or you may receive a letter in the mail stating the results are normal.
Conditions We Treat
Your BID–Milton provider may recommend an ultrasound to help diagnose a health condition or monitor the growth of your baby if you’re pregnant. You may have an ultrasound for any condition or problem affecting these areas of the body:
- Abdominal organs (including the liver and kidneys)
- Blood vessels
Services & Specialties
Providers from departments across BID Milton may order ultrasound as part of your diagnosis or treatment plan. We collaborate with these teams to help get you on your way to improved health.