At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, we provide noninvasive, painless, and safe ultrasound procedures for our patients. An ultrasound works by using sound waves to produce clear pictures of the inside of the body. These pictures are called sonograms.
Although the definitions of ultrasound and sonogram are technically different, as ultrasound refers to the procedure as a whole and sonogram refers to the image it produces, the terms are often used interchangeably in the medical field.
What Is Ultrasound Used For?
Ultrasound is a useful tool for radiologists to help them see what is going on inside your body. They can be used to diagnose the underlying causes of pain, swelling, and infection within organs, including the gallbladder, liver, and pancreas. It’s also used in pregnant women to examine the baby, especially concerning their development, brain, and hips. Sonograms may also display the infant’s position inside the uterus and indicate whether triplets or twins are present.
Other uses for ultrasound include:
- Finding breast abnormalities
- Assessing problems with the male reproductive system
- Detecting potential tumors within internal organs
Ultrasounds can only be performed on internal body structures that reflect sound waves. Organs that contain solid tissue all qualify for ultrasound procedures.
Benefits Of An Ultrasound At Hunterdon Radiological Associates
An ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses no ionizing radiation or injections. Brems Imaging Center, part of Hunterdon Radiological Associates, can perform sonograms efficiently and at times most convenient for you. If you have a busy schedule, we can accommodate appointments on the weekends or evenings.
When you receive an ultrasound at Brems Imaging Center, you avoid potential long wait times at hospitals and have the opportunity to receive attentive, individualized medical care from our imaging experts.
About The Exam
Hunterdon Radiological Associates is an ACR-accredited ultrasound facility that employs board-certified radiologists and ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography)-certified sonographers.
During the ultrasound exam, the sonographer applies a conducting gel to your skin in the area being examined. Then, they slide a transducer over the area being scanned. This may be supervised by a radiologist if the results are hard to determine. The resulting images are captured and displayed on a nearby monitor and sometimes shown to the patient, especially in the case of pregnant women.
Preparing For Your Ultrasound
Preparation procedures may vary by patient and the area to be examined. Your primary care physician (PCP), who likely recommended the ultrasound, may inform you of necessary preparations. At Hunterdon Radiological Associates, we also have a collection of ultrasound preparations that our patients can follow before their procedure.
For some exams, you may be asked to avoid certain food and beverages that make it more likely for you to produce gas, or you may be asked to fast for a certain amount of time before the procedure or not drink certain types of liquid.
Contact Hunterdon Radiological Associates For Ultrasound Services
If your doctor has recommended an ultrasound procedure, contact Hunterdon Radiological Associates to schedule an appointment. We employ RDMS-certified and experienced sonographers and board-certified radiologists who provide you with attentive medical care for your ultrasound procedure. Check our availability for ultrasound appointments, and call our Brems Imaging Center at 908-237-5395 to find a time that’s most convenient for you.