IN-OFFICE SERVICES > Ultrasound | DEXA Scanning

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound, or sonography, is a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and many internal organs. It is commonly used to evaluate the size, structure and any pathological lesions of the abdominal and pelvic organs, breast, thyroid glands and heart, as well as the blood flow in arteries and veins.

Ultrasound is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning "echoes" as images. It has been used by radiologists and sonographers for the past 50 years, becoming one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.

There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

What to expect

Depending on the type of study, an ultrasound typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. Our sonographer will help position you on a comfortable exam table and a clear gel, used as a conductor, will be applied to your skin. A hand-held device that sends and receives ultrasound waves called a transducer is moved back and forth over the area of your body being imaged.

These images are captured on a television-like monitor and transferred to film for our radiologist to review and interpret for your physician. After the exam is complete you will be able to return to your normal activities.

Exam Preparation:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time with all applicable insurance cards/information.
  • Wear comfortable clothing. Most exams require a two piece garment.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry, perfumes or powders.
  • Bring any materials given to you by your Referring Physician for your appointment (comparison films, requisition forms, etc).
  • All consent and privacy forms will need to be signed prior to the exam and medical history will be reviewed.
  • Payment is expected at the time of your exam.


  • It is preferred that the patient not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day prior to the procedure.
  • It is adequate if the patient does not eat or drink anything 6 hours before the procedure.


  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Allow approximately 15 minutes for the procedure.

Carotid Doppler

  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Allow approximately 45-60 minutes for procedure.


  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Please allow approximately 30-60 minutes for the procedure.

Retroperituem (Kidney)

  • Patient must fast for 6 hours prior to exam.
  • Patient must drink four 8oz glasses of water, equaling 32 oz., 1 hour prior to the procedure
  • Patient must not void (use the bathroom) after drinking the water.


  • Patient must finish drinking 32oz of water 1 hour prior to the procedure without voiding (using the bathroom).
  • Water should be consumed within a 15-30 minute time frame.
  • It is very important not to empty the bladder prior to the procedure.
  • Allow approximately 15-30 minutes for the procedure


  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Please allow 20 minutes for this exam.


  • No dietary restrictions.
  • Please allow approximately 15-30 minutes for this procedure.


  • Patient must empty bladder prior to the procedure.
  • Allow approximately 30 minutes for the procedure.

Vascular (arterial doppler, venous doppler, Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI))

  • No dietary restrictions
  • Please allow approximately 30-45 minutes for the procedure