An ultrasound can produce fairly precise images of the internal organs and muscles in the body. Our doctors at Bear River Valley Hospital use ultrasounds to appraise the growth and development of a fetus, diagnose organ problems, guide needles for biopsies, and even diagnose cancer. Ultrasounds use sound waves to create images. Unlike x-rays or cat CT scans, ultrasounds do not use radiation. This makes an ultrasound one of the safest ways to view the inside of the body.
Each of the ultrasound technologists in our department is registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). We understand that some ultrasounds can be uncomfortable for patients. We have both men and women working as sonographers in our department. Those patients who wish to can request a sonographer of a specific gender when they set up their appointment. All ultrasound images are reviewed by a board certified radiologist before being sent to the patient’s doctor. This process takes anywhere from 24-48 hours. In addition to ultrasounds, we also offer breast biopsies and cyst aspirations.
Different ultrasounds may require different preparation. This preparation may include coming to your appointment fasting or having a full bladder prior to the procedure. Be sure to ask about any specific preparation instructions when you schedule your appointment.
Patients can call to schedule an ultrasound Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm at 435-207-4545.