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Ultrasound Suite

Regional_Medical_Imaging_Ultrasound_Photo1The Ultrasound suite has 12 imaging rooms with private patient entrances.

Eight portable ultrasound machines rotate between the rooms so that technologists can move quickly from room to room without rushing patients.

Philips iU22 Portable Ultrasound Systems

The Philips iU22 Portable Ultrasound System offers high-quality imaging in 4D using portable devices. 4D images are moving 3D images that look like videos. Staff and patients can immediately see the results of the sound waves bouncing off bodily tissues, right on a monitor in the patient room.

The ultrasound system is used for breast, thyroid, musculoskeletal, vascular and other applications like abdominal and OB/GYN examinations.

Patient Benefits

  • Real-time 4D imaging
  • Reduced exam time

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound exam is used to look at internal soft body tissues. The ultrasound machine uses a device which produces sound waves that “bounce” off of body tissues. These sound waves are fed back into a computer and produce an image called a sonogram.

How to prepare for various types of ultrasound exams

There are several different ultrasound exams. Here you'll find the most common exams and their necessary preparations. Please allow one hour for the entire ultrasound exam process.

Obstetric ultrasound

An obstetrical ultrasound allows you and your physician to see and examine your baby before the baby is born. The physician can more accurately calculate the baby’s age from the measurements taken during the ultrasound. During the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, you must have a full bladder during the exam. The fluid inside the bladder acts as a window through which the sound waves can pass. This allows the fetus and uterus to be clearly seen. After the first 16 weeks, a full bladder is not necessary.

How to prepare

  • Drink four, eight-ounce glasses of water or fruit juice (not coffee, tea, milk or soda) at least one hour before the exam.
  • Do not empty your bladder until after the exam.

Pelvic ultrasound

A pelvic ultrasound studies the female reproductive organs, such as the uterus and ovaries. This is usually done through the abdomen. To better visualize the area, the technician may need to scan the reproductive organs through the vagina using a probe.

How to prepare

  • Drink four, eight-ounce glasses of water or fruit juice (not coffee, tea, milk or soda) at least one hour before the exam.
  • Do not empty your bladder until after the exam.

Abdominal ultrasound

An abdominal ultrasound is used to study the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, urinary tract (kidneys) and abdominal aorta.

How to prepare

  • Do not eat anything or drink milk, cream, coffee or a carbonated beverage for eight hours before the exam.
  • Medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
  • If you are diabetic, please tell the scheduler so you may be scheduled early in the morning.
  • Your provider may order a combined abdominal/pelvic ultrasound. Follow the preparation instructions for each exam.

Breast ultrasound

A breast ultrasound is often used to examine a suspicious breast lump. The ultrasound will show whether the lump is solid or filled with fluid. This information is important in determining treatment. No special preparation is necessary.

Thyroid, extremity joints, testicular, and soft tissue structure ultrasound

These procedures do not require any special preparation.

Results

Your exam results are sent within two working days to your referring physician who will then contact you within one week of receiving the results.