The following describes the use of ultrasound. For specific information regarding your health and treatment options, please contact your Hurley physician or medical professional.
A highly specialized test to check the health of your unborn baby
Ultrasound is the use of sound waves inside the body to study specific areas of the body and to check the health of an unborn baby. Ultrasound can help diagnose many prenatal complications or it can also be used as part of routine prenatal care visits. Ultrasound is safe and involves little or no discomfort, and little patient preparation. It is very effective and is often used in place of other examination methods.
During an ultrasound exam, a Hurley Medical Center technologist will ask you to change into a hospital gown and position you on the exam table. A gel or liquid will be applied to the skin of the area being examined to improve image quality. The technologist will pass the transducer several times over the area being examined. Depending on the exam, you may have to stay still, change positions, hold your breath, or do simple breathing exercises. After the exam, the technologist washes off the gel or liquid, and you are ready to get dressed. The radiologist will review the exam and report the results to your doctor. Your doctor will review the results with you.