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Ultrasound at Anna Jaques Hospital

Ultrasound is a type of imaging test. It’s also sometimes called sonography or ultrasonography. The test allows doctors to see inside your body without the use of radiation.

At Anna Jaques Hospital, skilled technologists and radiologists make up our ultrasound team. We use our training and experience to get high-quality images that help guide your medical care. We want to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. With two convenient exam locations, you can rely on our experts for all your ultrasound needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does ultrasound work?

Ultrasound is noninvasive and very safe. It uses sound waves. As the waves bounce off internal structures of your body, they create pictures or videos. These images allow doctors to visualize your organs and other soft tissues.

Why are ultrasound exams performed?

We use ultrasound for many things, including to:

  • Detect internal injuries
  • Examine internal organs and glands, such as your thyroid gland
  • Guide biopsies
  • Help diagnose breast lumps
  • Monitor blood flow
  • Track the growth of your unborn baby
How do I prepare for an ultrasound?

Your doctor will inform you if there are any steps you should take before your ultrasound. Generally, little or no special preparation is needed.

What should I expect during my ultrasound exam?

What happens during an ultrasound exam depends on the area of your body being studied. During an abdominal ultrasound or pregnancy ultrasound, for example, the person performing your exam applies a special gel to your belly while you lie on a table. They then move a small instrument called a transducer across the area to get your images. The transducer emits the sound waves. During parts of the test, you may be asked to hold your breath. A breast ultrasound is performed in a similar way.

Some ultrasounds are performed through natural body openings. For example, sometimes doctors will place the instrument into your mouth and down your throat. Pelvic ultrasound may involve transvaginal ultrasound. In this procedure, we gently introduce the transducer into a woman’s vagina. This allows us to better see the uterus, ovaries and pelvic area.

When will I receive my ultrasound results?

One of our radiologists will interpret your scan and send a report to your doctor, who will get the results to you. They may available through our patient portal. Overall, this process may take several days.

Types of Ultrasounds We Offer

We provide diagnostic ultrasound exams as well as ultrasounds to monitor your health. We offer a variety of specific exams:
  • Abdominal
  • Breast
  • Pelvic
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid

Services & Specialties

Our ultrasound experts work with many specialists at Anna Jaques to ensure you receive high-quality care.

Make an Appointment

To speak with a member of our team, please call us.