An ultrasound is a simple and painless way to produce high quality images. Our technologists are committed to providing excellent care during examinations. We have sonographers who are certified in obstetrical, abdominal, and vascular specialties.
An ultrasound is most commonly employed in imaging the pelvis, abdomen, neck and extremities. It can be enhanced by a special Doppler system to image moving blood flow within vessels. Ultrasound at SJRMC features compound imaging to produce sharper, clearer images than conventional ultrasound. We are also able to produce 3-D images.
During an ultrasound, a conducting gel is applied to the body part being examined. Then a transducer, a wand-like instrument, is moved across the gel. The transducer emits high frequency sound waves, which penetrate through the gel and the patient's skin. As the sound waves penetrate various body parts, they are bounced back, like echoes, and returned to the transducer. The transducer then relays these signals to the ultrasound machine, which constructs the image.
This fast, easy, non-invasive and radiation-free test uses ultrasound to look at blood vessels within the neck. If detected, the presence of atherosclerotic plaque within these vessels could lead to stroke and may indicate the presence of other cardiovascular disease.
For more information, consult your physician.