Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves and their echoes to create images
that enable physicians to see the function and movement of internal organs
and soft tissue areas, such as the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver.
Ultrasounds are also used to view the fetus during pregnancy and guide
doctors during biopsy procedures.
Ultrasounds scan the body without using radiation.
When is an ultrasound recommended?
Ultrasounds have many medical uses. In pregnancy, they help confirm due
dates and more—and they’re a valuable screening tool to detect
potential problems. Doctors also use them to diagnose conditions affecting
organs and soft tissues and to guide precise procedures like needle biopsies.
What to expect during an ultrasound
During this painless exam, the patient lies on a table while a technician
called a sonographer applies a warm gel over the area being studied, then
glides a hand-held device called a transducer over the skin. Moving images
can be seen immediately on a screen; one or more frames are captured as
still images and short video loops can also be saved. After the exam,
a radiologist will interpret results and send a report to your doctor.
Most ultrasound exams do not require preparation. Exceptions include upper
abdomen ultrasounds, which generally require eight hours of fasting, and
pelvic exams, which generally require a full bladder.
Benefits and risks
Ultrasounds are fast, noninvasive and less expensive than most other imaging
techniques. Since they don’t expose patients to radiation, they
are harmless and safe.
Schedule an ultrasound appointment
For your convenience, ultrasounds are offered at five locations throughout
Boulder and Broomfield counties:
Boulder Medical Center (Boulder)
Community Medical Center (Lafayette)
Erie Medical Center (Erie)
Foothills Hospital (Boulder)
Medical Imaging Center (Broomfield)
Paying for Services
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