XRA Medical Imaging offers the latest technologies in ultrasound imaging including high resolution digital imaging, color flow Doppler, abdominal, OB/GYN and vascular ultrasound.
Ultrasound imaging is a common diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic images (sonograms) of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. Prenatal ultrasound examinations are performed by trained professionals, such as sonographers, radiologists, and obstetricians. The procedure involves using a transducer, which sends a stream of high-frequency sound waves into the body and detects their echoes as they bounce off internal structures. The sound waves are then converted to electric impulses, which are processed to form an image displayed on a computer monitor. It is from these images that videos and images are made.
Ultrasound scanning is used to help monitor and diagnose conditions in many parts of the body including the abdomen, pelvis, and heart. Ultrasound scanning is not dangerous and has no side effects, so it is safe to use during pregnancy.
The ultrasound scanner looks like a small roller. As it moves back and forth over the body, it sends sound waves through the skin and muscles. These waves are then turned into an image that appears on a monitor.
You will lie on a scan table and the technologist will place warm gel over the site to be imaged. A transducer will then be placed at the site and manually manipulated to best view the area in question. The technologist may ask you to hold your breath momentarily several times during the examination.
If you are to have a female pelvis examination, scanning will initially be performed from the front of your abdomen, requiring your bladder to be full. Subsequently, an endovaginal probe will be inserted, either by the technologist or yourself. This does not typically cause any significant discomfort.
You cannot hear or feel the ultrasound waves nor is there any evidence to suggest ultrasound is harmful in any way.