Patient getting an ultrasound.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of organs and other soft tissue structures inside your body. This test is quick, noninvasive and painless – and doesn’t use any radiation. Get high-quality ultrasound imaging at ProHealth Care.

When is an ultrasound used?

Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound to:

  • Examine breast changes, including lumps that could indicate breast cancer (breast ultrasound).
  • Help diagnose certain muscle, tendon and ligament conditions.
  • Examine internal organs, including your heart (echocardiogram).
  • Evaluate blood flow in your veins and arteries (Doppler ultrasound).
  • Guide minimally invasive procedures, such as needle biopsies and cortisone injections.
  • Investigate causes of pain, swelling or infection.
  • Monitor pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Ultrasound tests for infants

When you baby needs an ultrasound, trust ProHealth for safe, gentle tests, including:

  • Head ultrasound – Creates pictures of the brain and cerebrospinal fluid.
  • Transcranial Doppler ultrasound – Shows blood flow in the brain.
  • Hip ultrasound – Checks for developmental dysplasia (dislocation) of the hip.

What to expect

For most ultrasound exams, you’ll lie face-up on an examination table that can be tilted or moved. Your radiologist or sonographer (a technician who performs diagnostic ultrasound tests) applies a warm water-based gel to the area of your body being examined, and then moves a transducer back and forth over the area. You may feel some pressure, but the exam doesn’t hurt.

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Schedule an appointment

You’ll need a referral for most imaging services at ProHealth Care. To schedule your test, call 262-928-3000.

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