General Information:
Ultrasound is a safe, painless, non-invasive imaging test that uses the reflection of sound waves to obtain images of various parts of the body. While most people think of ultrasound as a test that is used to look at a developing baby, it has many other uses in medicine. A small sampling of these include:

  • Ultrasound of the abdomen to look for gallstones, kidney stones, an inflamed appendix, tumors or other causes of pain.
  • Ultrasound of the pelvis to look for uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, or other causes of pain or bleeding.
  • Ultrasound of the legs or arms to look for blood clots in leg veins.
  • Ultrasound of the neck to look for causes of an enlarged thyroid gland.
  • Ultrasound of blood vessels to look for blockages in arteries.
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound at InnerVision includes 3-D capabilities that allow us to better evaluate structures, such as the fetal face.
  • Ultrasound of the scrotum to look for tumors or inflammation.

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Preparation for An Upcoming Ultrasound Exam: 

Abdominal/Aorta Ultrasound (includes the gallbladder, liver, pancreas, aorta, spleen and may include the kidneys if requested by your doctor): Nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the exam. Food or fluid in the stomach and intestines can make it difficult to see the organs we are trying to evaluate.

Renal Ultrasound (includes only the kidneys): No special prep is needed.

Renal Artery Doppler Study (a special ultrasound of the kidneys to look for causes of high blood pressure): Nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to the exam except drink 32-40 ounces of water 90 minutes prior to the exam. You may empty your bladder prior to the exam.

Pelvis/OB Ultrasound:
Drinking 32-36 ounces of water 90 minutes prior to the exam. This must be completed within a 45 minute time period. Do not empty your bladder until the exam is completed. 

Thyroid or Parathyroid: No prep necessary 

Testicular (Scrotum): No prep necessary 

Venous Doppler (Leg or arm veins): No prep necessary 

Carotid Doppler: No prep necessary 

Fine Needle Aspirations (FNA) Biopsy: During this procedure, a small, hollow needle is placed directly into the area of concern to remove a small sample of fluid or cells to assist in the diagnosis of disease. Tissue samples are sent to a Pathologist to determine the diagnosis and these results are sent directly to your referring physician.

Paracentesis: During this procedure one of our radiologists will use ultrasound to help drain fluid from the abdominal cavity. Blood work may be required prior to this as indicated by your physician. No other prep is needed.


What to Expect the Day of Your Exam:
Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time. While you will NOT have to go through a lengthy registration process, you will need to fill out a brief information sheet.

For most exams you will not need to change out of your clothes. Our ultrasonographer will take a brief history from you as you are getting situated on the exam table. Warmed ultrasound gel is placed over the areas to be scanned. This provides a good link between the ultrasound probe and your internal organs. The technologist will then take a series of images and will label these and take measurements of normal structures.

When the technologist has finished scanning, the images will be sent to our computer workstation and will be reviewed by one of our board certified radiologists. In many cases, the radiologist will want to scan an area in "real time." This does not necessarily mean anything is wrong.

 You will be given an opportunity to fill out an evaluation of our services and make suggestions for improvement.

 A radiologist who specializes in Ultrasound will then issue a timely report to your doctor.


Contact us at 765.447.7447.


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