Your Ultrasound specialist in San Diego uses sound waves to obtain medical images of various organs and tissues in the body. It is a painless and safe procedure. Ultrasound is used for many applications in clinical imaging including:

  • Abdominal imaging, including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas
  • Pelvic imaging, including the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and prostate
  • Obstetrical imaging
  • Vascular imaging, including arterial and venous Doppler, carotid artery, aorta, and venous mapping of varicose veins
  • Breast imaging, including evaluation of breast nodules and breast pain
  • Thyroid imaging
  • Hip imaging in infants
  • Guiding a wide range of biopsy procedures in the breast, abdomen, thyroid and other structures

You will be asked to lie on a comfortable table while the sonographer performs the examination. Your IHS Radiologist will review the exam, and sometimes will perform the examination. A hand held device, called an Ultrasound transducer, will be moved over the surface of your skin in the area of interest. Warm, water-based gel is place on the transducer and/or your skin. This gel aids in producing the image. The gel is kept warm for your comfort.

For certain ultrasound exams, specialized internal probes are used. For example, an endo-vaginal probe is used for most pelvic exams to create the most detailed images of the uterus and ovaries.

During and after your exam, your IHS Radiologist will promptly review your ultrasound images and issue a report to your doctor. In some cases, your doctor may also receive the images and audio report on a personal computer in his or her office.

Ultrasound Procedures

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Prep Instructions

  1. Arrive at the specified time to allow for registration and exam preparation.
  2. Notify us upon arrival of any special needs
  3. Bring insurance card and authorization or worker’s comp information.
  4. Plan to pay required co-pays at the time of service.
  5. Bring a picture ID.
  6. Wear comfortable clothing.

To insure the highest quality procedure in a safe environment, we are unable to provide child care services for you at the time of your examination. Please do not bring unattended children to the imaging center.

Abdominal Ultrasound

  1. Do not eat or drink six hours prior to the exam, except for medication with small amounts of water.
  2. If you are scheduled for an IV contrast injection, myelogram, or biopsy do not eat or drink for 4 hours prior to your arrival time. For patients having these procedures, check with your doctor or us if you take Insulin or have an allergic history.

Pelvic / Obstetrical Ultrasound

  1. You must fill your bladder by drinking 16 oz. of water – begin drinking 90 minutes prior to the exam and complete drinking water one hour before your exam time.
  3. For pregnancies over 20 weeks, only 16 oz. of water is required. DO NOT EMPTY YOUR BLADDER.





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