At Intermountain Healthcare, we know that Comfort Matters even when you may not be visiting one of our facilities under the best of circumstances. The Intermountain Imaging Services team will do everything we can to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your ultrasound test. If you're cold during the test, we'll get you a warm blanket. If you don't understand an instruction, we'll stop and gently explain it to you. From the time you schedule your imaging test to the time you receive your results, we want your experience with Intermountain Imaging Services to be as comfortable as possible.

How long will it take?

Ultrasounds usually take less than 30 minutes to complete.

What happens during the test?

Ultrasound procedures are painless and quick.  This test is done by a radiologist, a doctor who specializes in performing and interpreting imaging tests, or by an ultrasound technologist (sonographer) who is supervised by a radiologist.  It is done in an ultrasound room in a hospital or doctor's office.  To capture ultrasound images, a gel is first applied to the skin over the area to be viewed.  Unless the gel is first warmed to body temperature, it may feel cold when it is applied to your body.  A hand-held instrument called a “transducer” is then moved slowly across your skin as an image appears on the ultrasound monitor.  You will feel light pressure from the transducer as it passes over your body.  The ultrasound usually is not uncomfortable.  But if the test is being done to check damage from a recent injury, the slight pressure of the transducer may be somewhat painful. You will not hear or feel the sound waves.

What happens after the test?

A radiologist, a doctor with special training in reading the results of ultrasounds and other imaging tests, will analyze the images and send a report to your doctor.  Your doctor will tell you the results, usually in a follow-up appointment.  The information gained during the ultrasound will help your doctor diagnose your condition and choose the best treatment.

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