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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.

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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 locations in and around Boulder county:

Imaging at Community Medical Center (Lafayette)
Imaging at Erie Medical Center (Erie)
Imaging at Foothills Hospital (Boulder)

Paying for Services

BCH accepts most major insurance plans. Explore Self-Pay pricing options if you are uninsured or wish to pay directly for any service.

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