RADIOLOGY ASSOCIATES OFFERS ULTRASOUND AT ALL FIVE OF OUR FACILITIES, WITH OUR SIX POINTS LOCATION ACCREDITED BY THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RADIOLOGY (ACR)
The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for achieving high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of its practice.
Image quality and procedure evaluations are conducted by board-certified radiologists and medical physicists who are experts in the field.
The program also evaluates personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.
All findings are reported to the practice via a comprehensive report that includes recommendations for improvement.
what is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture live images inside your body. It’s also known as sonography. The technology is similar to sonar and radar, which help the military detect planes and ships. An ultrasound allows your doctor to see problems with organs, vessels, and tissues without requiring an incision. Unlike other imaging techniques, ultrasound uses no radiation. For this reason, it's the preferred method for viewing a developing fetus during pregnancy.
WHY IS AN ULTRASOUND PERFORMED?
Most people associate ultrasound scans with pregnancy. These scans can give an expectant mother the ﬁrst view of her unborn child. However, the test has many other uses. For example, your doctor may order an ultrasound if you have pain, swelling, or other symptoms requiring an internal view of your organs. An ultrasound can be performed to see the following areas of the body:
- Gallbladder, liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and bladder.
- Thyroid, testicles, and most of the major vessels in our circulatory system.
- Uterus and ovaries, as well as pregnancy, can also be done.
- Breast ultrasounds can be performed along with mammograms if indicated.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN ULTRASOUND
The steps to prepare for an ultrasound depend on the area or organ being examined. Your doctor may tell you to fast for 8 to 12 hours before your ultrasound, especially if your abdomen is being studied. Undigested food can block the sound waves, making it diﬃcult for the technologist to get a clear picture. For other examinations, you may be asked to drink a lot of water and hold your urine, so your bladder is full and better visualized. Be sure to tell your doctor about any prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, or herbal supplements you take before the exam. It’s important to follow your prep instructions and ask any questions you may have before the procedure. An ultrasound carries minimal risks. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, ultrasounds use no radiation.
When you choose an ACR-accredited facility, you know:
Your hospital, clinic, or health center has voluntarily undergone a rigorous review process to be sure it meets nationally-accepted standards.
The personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret your medical images and administer your radiation therapy treatments .
The equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and the facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.