Ultrasound scans are modern medical tests that use high-frequency sound waves to capture live images of the structures inside of your body. The technology is similar to radar and sonar technology, which aid the military in detecting ships and planes.

In the medical field, ultrasounds allow your doctor to detect issues with your organs, vessels, and other tissue without needing to make any incisions. Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasound doesn’t use radiation. This is why it is the preferred method of viewing and monitoring babies during pregnancy.

Getting an ultrasound

The ultrasound process

Before the examination, we may ask you to please change into a gown. We will ask you to lie down on the examination table and expose the area that needs to be scanned. Our doctor will apply a lubricating jelly to the area so that the equipment can easily glide along your skin without any friction. An ultrasound transducer sends a high-frequency sound wave into the area. The waves echo off of the internal structures and are reflected on the monitor - essentially mapping the internal structures for us. These images are highly detailed and allow us to detect any potential or developing issues.

Preparing for an Ultrasound

The practitioners at EasyMed are highly experienced and will discuss all of the preparatory steps you need to take before your scan. Your EasyMed practitioner may ask you to fast for 8 - 12 hours before your scan as an empty stomach can help us produce clearer images. If we're scanning specific internal organs, you may need to eat a fat-free meal the evening before your scan and then fast until your procedure. You will still be able to drink water and take any necessary medications. Be sure to let your doctor know which medications you’re currently taking, including any herbal supplements you’re taking.

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