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What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound scanning, also called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves (inaudible by humans) to produce images of structures inside the body. It captures images of soft tissue, organs, blood vessels and tissues. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

How do I access this service?

If you feel discomfort or pain in your body, please talk with your family physician or primary health care provider. You may then be referred to us for an ultrasound.

Patients are also referred to our services for general monitoring, such as expectant mothers to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

How is the test performed?

Horizon's teams of radiologists, sonographers, registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs) perform ultrasounds and analyze results.

Most ultrasound examinations are done using an ultrasound device outside your body, though some involve placing a device inside your body.

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

You should wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothes.

Other instructions will be given to you by the health care team as you prepare for your ultrasound. Different tests require different preparations. For example, some tests may require you to not eat or drink for several hours before your test. Another test may not have any restrictions.

It is important that patients follow the correct preparation instructions for the test to be performed properly. If you are having an ultrasound and are not sure of how to prepare for it, please call your local facility.

When can I expect to receive test results?

Our staff works to provide health care providers test results in a timely manner. You can expect to receive test results from your health care provider.

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