Diagnostic Ultrasounds

Sonography Imaging Tests

Ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless imaging test that creates a live stream image of the body’s insides using sound waves. Though most people know ultrasounds for its ability to check the status of a developing fetus, it primary function is to assess organ function and damages. Central Valley Medical Center is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound devices, providing our community with convenient access to this valuable imaging test.

Preparing for your Ultrasound

You will not need to do too much preparation for an ultrasound. For certain types of ultrasound, you may need to abstain from eating and drinking for 12 hours before the test. Your doctor will provide you instruction of what you need to do before your exam.

During the exam, a gel is applied to the area that is being examined. A device called a transducer is moved across the area and releases soundwaves into the body. These soundwaves create an image of the insides which is displayed as a live video in a nearby monitor. When the test is over, you should not experience any side effects and will be free to return home.

For more information on ultrasounds at Central Valley Medical Center, contact our imaging department at 435-323-3165.