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What is an Ultrasound?

4.jpgAn Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a test that uses sound waves to produce images of organs inside your body. This test can be used to examine your gallbladder, kidney, liver, pancreas, or blood vessels. Pregnant women can have the exam to check on the unborn embryo or fetus. Our new Ultrasound machine has four dimensional (4D) capabilities and clearer images for better diagnoses.

4D Ultrasound services give OB patients and their family members the experience to see their baby's face for the first time! We offer 4D US exams without a physician’s order. 3D or 4D

Knowing the status of your vascular health is important for anyone over age 55, if you have a family history of cardiovascular disease, or AAA. We offer vascular screenings without a physician's order. See VASCULAR PAGE

Why should I have an Ultrasound?

An Ultrasound can be used to see blood flow as well as determine the source of any pain, swelling or infection. This test requires an order from your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

Orders, Scheduling, and Insurance

What do I do before the exam?

  • An order is required for most US exams
    • Vascular Screenings do not require an order; however a Providers name to send the results to is required
    • 4D OB US do not require an order
  • You can call us directly to schedule your exam, or your Providers office may and schedule the exam for you
  • Call your insurance prior to your exam to determine any coverage restrictions or limitations
  • Call your insurance prior to your exam to determine any prior authorization or notification requirements
  • You can find more information on billing here: BILLING

Exam Preparation - What do I do before the exam?

The instructions for this test vary depending on what organ will be examined. When your doctor orders the test, he/she will give you specific preparation instructions to follow.

Here are some general guidelines to prepare for your exam:

  • Read over our “Preparing for Your Imaging Exam” page
  • Wear warm and comfortable clothes, and avoid wearing accessories that may need to be removed.
  • There will most likely be specific instructions for eating/drinking before your exam, please speak with your provider.
  • There are no Medication restrictions, but it’s always a good idea to bring your list of Medications with you to your imaging exam.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 309-743-0445.

How long will the exam take?

The exam can be completed within 30 to 60 minutes.

What will the exam be like?

You will be asked to change into a gown and escorted to the exam room. You will lie on the exam table next to the Ultrasound equipment. A gel will be applied to the area to be tested. The technologist will move a small device slowly across your skin.

What happens with my test results?

One of our specially trained Radiologists will study the images of your test and send a final written report to your ordering provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant) within 24-48 hours, unless prior imaging is needed for your exam, in which case it may take longer.

Your ordering provider can then discuss the results with you in detail. If you want to discuss your results you will need to contact your ordering provider. Every Provider’s office has different procedures and turnaround time for discussing results of exams. Our staff is not able to discuss the specifics of the results with you or give you a diagnosis.

What if I have further questions?

If you have any further questions or concerns about this procedure, please contact our office at 309-743-0445 or call your doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.