If you need ultrasound test perfomed, our San Antonio emergency rooms are ready to help. We have the latest in medical equipment, diagnostic imaging and state-of-the-art testing capabilities in an inviting atmosphere with no wait times.
What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to take pictures of the inside of the body. Also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, ultrasound imaging uses a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel which is placed directly on the skin. The high-frequency ultrasound waves produce images of organs, soft tissues, blood vessels, and blood flow, from inside the body. The sound waves are at too high of a pitch for the human ear to hear. The images are used for medical analysis. Ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless procedure that carries minimal risks and uses no radiation.
Most people associate ultrasound scans with pregnancy. However, the test has many other uses. Prestige ER uses ultrasound for diagnostic imaging to see inside the body for:
- Brain (in infants)
- Blood vessels
When should I get an ultrasound?
If you’re having sudden or recurring pain, swelling, or other symptoms that won’t subside, consider going our emergency room. With our on-site labs and advanced radiology equipment you will have fast results. We value your time and will get you treated and back in action as quickly as possible.
What happens during an ultrasound?
After changing into a hospital gown, you will most likely be lying down on a table with a section of your body exposed for the test. An ultrasound technician will apply a lubricating jelly to your skin. The jelly prevents friction so they can rub the ultrasound transducer around on your skin. It also helps transmit the sound waves.
The transducer sends high-frequency sound waves through your body. The waves echo as they hit a dense object, such as an organ or bone. Those echoes are then reflected back into a computer. They form a picture that can be interpreted by the doctor.
Depending on the area being examined, you might have to change positions several times so the technician can have better access. After the procedure, the technician cleans the gel off of your skin.
At Prestige ER, the whole procedure typically lasts less than 30 minutes.
What to do after an ultrasound
Following the exam, your doctor will review the images and check for any abnormalities. If your doctor is able to make a diagnosis of your condition based on your ultrasound, they may begin your treatment. Regardless of the type of ultrasound you have and an initial review by the doctor, you will still receive same-day results. Should anything abnormal turn up on the ultrasound, you may need to undergo other diagnostic techniques, such as a CT scan, MRI, or a biopsy sample of tissue depending on the area examined.