Department of Radiology: Ultrasound FAQ
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Q. What is Ultrasound?
A. Ultrasound scanning is a diagnostic technique in which very high-frequency sound waves are used to “see” inside the body. Also called sonography, ultrasound emits sound waves that
can be bounced off (echo) the kidneys, liver, heart or other soft tissue and converted into
images on a television screen. No radiation is involved in this procedure.
Q. Why have Ultrasound?
A. Ultrasound is a versatile and comfortable method of diagnostic testing that can provide
excellent images of the body and its organs. It can also be used to analyze blood flow
through vessels throughout the body. During pregnancy, ultrasound can evaluate the growth,
health and position of the developing fetus*.
* Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offers pregnant patients the option of having
ultrasound exams performed in The Antepartum Testing Center This department is solely
dedicated to the concerns of pregnant women and fetal evaluation For further information,
please call The Antepartum Testing Center at 201-894-3669.
Q. Why come to the Medical Center for Ultrasound?
A. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center offers state-of-the-art ultrasound technology and is
recognized as an accredited site by the American College of Radiologists. Our highly trained
and specialized staff of ultrasound registered technologists and Board Certified and
Fellowship trained physicians possess the expertise needed for accurate diagnosis and
compassion to make patients feel at ease.
Q. What can I expect during the procedure?
A. This will vary depending upon what type of test is being performed. In general, patients can
expect to change into a hospital gown. The ultrasound technologist or physician will apply a
water-soluble jelly to the area of the body being examined and the ultrasound transducer will
be passed over the area. Images will be formed by a computer and displayed on a video
Q. How do I prepare for Ultrasound?
A. Sometimes, special preparation is necessary. Depending upon the type of ultrasound
scheduled, patients may be asked to drink several glasses of water prior to the test or refrain
from eating approximately 8 hours prior to the examination.
Q. What if I still have questions about Ultrasound?
A. For more information, call the Department of Radiology at 201-894-3400.