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What is an Ultrasound?

This is a diagnostic test using high frequency sound waves (not radiation) to obtain images of various internal organs, blood vessels, soft tissue structures, and developing fetuses. Ultrasound examinations are safe, painless and require little to no preparation, depending on the area being examined.

What to Expect During Your Ultrasound

RMRI performs several types of ultrasound examinations specifically for women (see below). The length of the exam will depend on the area being examined, but usually takes between 15 and 60 minutes.

Before the exam starts, you will be asked to lie down on a cushioned table. The ultrasonographer (technician) will apply a clear, warm water gel to the skin and move a hand held device, called a transducer, over the area which needs to be imaged. The transducer sends sound waves into the body through the gel and bounces the signals back to the ultrasound machine. The computer then displays the images on a monitor for the examiner to see.

Multiple images are taken and put on a hard copy for a radiologist to review and interpret. Results will then be sent to your doctor for them to review with you.

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Ultrasound Examinations Available at RMRI

  • GYN (Uterus and Ovaries)
    • Transabdominal (through the lower abdomen with full bladder)
    • Transvaginal (no full bladder, imaging device used internally)
  • Obstetrical
    • Level I-First trimester (dating and viability) up to 13 weeks
      • 13 to 19 weeks – check dates
    • Level II-After 19 weeks to check fetal growth and anatomy
    • Ultrascreen-Available 10 weeks 6 days through 13 weeks 6 days to screen for Downs Syndrome, Trisomy 13 and 19 ***

*** Consult your Obstetrician for information.

Preparing for Your Visit

General Instructions:
Patients should plan to arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.

Please bring a form of photo identification, any prescriptions from your physician, referrals, insurance information, and any medical records that have been requested. Before scheduling your appointment please contact your healthcare insurance carrier for preauthorization if needed.

Below are some general guidelines to help patients prepare for their exam. Many procedures require patients to follow specific instructions beforehand. Those instructions are given to each patient and confirmed via phone by one of our staff members before their appointment.

Always follow the instructions provided specifically for you.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your procedure and how to prepare for it, please call our office at 610-691-8931.

Preparing for Your Exam:
Certain Ultrasound exams require specific instructions. If you need any instructions, they will be given at the time the test is scheduled.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Ultrasound, please feel free to call our office and discuss your concerns with our technologist.

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