An ultrasound exam is also called a sonogram. There are
several different types of exams that can be done using
ultrasound. It is used to examine various organs in your body
(bone and bowel being the exception). Soft tissue and some
blood vessels can also be seen.
The most well known use of ultrasound is for pregnancies.
Families are welcome in the scanning area after the sonographer has
taken the necessary pictures and measurements of the baby. If
possible, a Polaroid photo of the baby will be provided at the end
of the ultrasound exam.
- Each type of study requires different preparations, for
example, fasting, non-fasting, or filling your urinary bladder.
Your physician's office will give you the necessary prep for your
- If someone accompanies you, there is a waiting room for
visitors in the Diagnostic Imaging Department.
- If you are pre-registered for your exam, please report directly
to the Diagnostic Imaging Department, located on the main floor of
the hospital, at your scheduled time.
- If you are not pre-registered, please report to Registration,
on the ground floor of the Ambulatory Care Center, 15 minutes prior
to your scheduled appointment.
- If you have questions or are unable to keep your scheduled
appointment, call Central Scheduling at 607-798-5723.
What To Expect
The examination is done using high frequency sound
waves, like sonar used on ships. You cannot hear or feel
these sound waves. There is no x-ray radiation involved.
The sonographer will first apply a gel-like substance on your
skin over the area to be examined. For this reason, you may
be asked to wear a hospital gown.
While scanning, the sonographer uses a probe called a
transducer. This piece of equipment is hand held and is guided over
the area to be examined. The gelatin substance helps keep contact
between the skin and the transducer. This procedure is usually
Getting the Results
After your examination is completed, the radiologist will give a
report to your physician. Contact your physician to discuss the
Where to go.
For information on where to go when you arrive for your
appointment, visit our Where
to Go page.
For additional information about
Diagnostic Imaging services at Lourdes, call