An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging study that uses high-frequency sound waves instead of X-rays to produce images of the soft tissues in the body. Ultrasounds can capture real-time images that show motion. For general imaging, ultrasounds are used to identify unexplainable areas of pain, swelling, or infection. For women’s imaging, ultrasounds are used to monitor the overall health of the reproductive organs and a fetus during pregnancies.

Ultrasound Technologist Using Transducer On Patients Ankle With Monitor
Female Ultrasound Technologist Performing A Fetal Ultrasound On Pregnant Patient

What are the different types of Ultrasounds?

Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound to capture images of soft tissue structures including the thyroid gland, breasts, abdominal and pelvic organs, and tests. In cardiac and vascular imaging, specialty ultrasounds can be used to visualize the blood flow in arteries and veins

  • Doppler Ultrasound – Also known as Doppler sonography, is an ultrasound imaging technique that uses sound waves to assess blood flow throughout different areas of the body including the abdomen, arms, legs, neck, and/or brain (in infants and children), or within various body organs such as the liver or kidneys.
  • Vascular Ultrasound – Also known as vascular sonography, is an ultrasound imaging technique that uses sound waves to assess the overall health of the blood vessels including their size, shape, and other characteristics.

Our Ultrasound Locations

Larchmont Imaging offer ultrasound imaging services across 4 of our office locations. Each one of our office locations offers same-day and next-day appointment options with many offices offering evening and weekend hours to meet your busy schedule. Get the compassionate and comprehensive care you need fast.

Ultrasound Technologist Performing Renal Ultrasound On Female Patient Laying On Side

Ultrasound Frequently Asked Questions

When you arrive for your appointment, one of our highly-trained, ultrasound technologists will greet you and review the study with you. Afterward, you will be asked to lie down on a table where the area to be examined is exposed. A warm, clear gel will be applied to the area. Then, a small device called a transducer will pass over the gel and begin capturing images. Once the study is complete, the gel will be wiped off and any portions that are no removed will dry to a powder. The gel will not stain or alter any clothing material.

An ultrasound requires very minimal preparation. Based on the specific area being studied, your doctor and our team of ultrasound technologists will provide specific guidelines to follow before your appointment. Here are general guidelines to follow:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • For an ultrasound of the liver, gallbladder, spleen, or pancreas, eat a low-fat dinner on the day before your appointment and don’t eat or drink for at least 12 hours prior to your appointment.
  • For an ultrasound of your kidneys, you may be asked to drink 4 to 6 glasses of water one hour prior to your appointment.
  • For an ultrasound of your aorta, please refrain from eating at least 8 hours prior to your appointment.

An ultrasound is a painless and non-invasive imaging technique that uses no forms of ionizing radiation.

After your ultrasound appointment, one of our board-certified, subspecialized radiologists will analyze the results and develop a comprehensive report for your doctor. Your doctor will receive this report within 48 hours and follow up with you to go over the results.

Larchmont Imaging is in-network with 99% of health insurance providers. Please contact your insurance provider about Larchmont’s in-network status. In some cases, insurance companies may attempt to tell you which radiology centers are preferred. As the patient, you have the right to choose if you would like your study performed at Larchmont Imaging.

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