Comprehensive Diagnostic Imaging
An ultrasound is a radiation-free examination of the body’s insides
using soundwaves. Most people know of ultrasounds for their ability to
examine fetuses during pregnancy, but they are primarily used as a diagnostic
imaging tool. Ultrasound examinations are used on the abdomen, pelvis,
cardiovascular system, and more to inspect soft tissues in the body. Kirby
Medical Center offers a number of ultrasound procedures in Monticello.
Read the overviews below to learn more.
This iteration of ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to examine
the hart and the surrounding soft tissue. The exam is performed by a registered
sonographer who will quickly review your medical history with you. Three
electrodes are attached on to the chest, which are in turn attached to
an electrocardiograph (EKG) which measures electrical activity in the
heart. A device called a transducer is coated with gel and rubbed over
the areas that are being examined as it releases soundwaves into the chest.
The exam lasts about an hour, and patients are free to leave afterward.
Results take 3 to 5 days to process.
Doctors perform echocardiograms to examine:
- Abnormal enlargement of the heart (cardiomyopathy)
- Congenital heart defects (birth defects)
- High blood pressure
- Damage from a heart attack
- Damage to the heart membrane (Pericardial disease)
A pelvic ultrasound is used to examine a woman’s uterus and ovaries.
Doctors recommend these tests when they discover strange masses or abnormal
bleeding during a pelvic exam. Going to a doctor complaining of pelvic
plain or unusual periods may also prompt them to recommend a pelvic ultrasound.
Come to this exam with a full bladder, as this is required to get accurate
results. During the test you will lie face up as a gel-laced transducer
is rubbed long the pelvis. Midway through the test the sonographer will
ask you to empty your bladder so they can perform a transvaginal ultrasound.
In this stage, a transducer is placed into the vagina so more images can
be obtained. Once the test is finished, expect your doctor to contact
you with results within 3 to 5 days.
If you have pain while walking or often feel fatigued, your doctor may
recommend having an Arterial Doppler ultrasound to find out why. This
ultrasound is used to examine the arteries for blockages and plaque. The
exam proceeds similarly to other types of ultrasounds: A special gel and
transducer are applied to the affected area, soundwaves are then emitted
to create an image of the internal structures. One key difference to this
exam is that cuffs are attached to the arm and leg and periodically squeeze
similar to a blood pressure test. This may cause slight discomfort, but
is necessary for the exam.
Tests take anywhere between 60 to 90 minutes. Like other ultrasounds, results
can be expected in 3 to 5 days.
To schedule an ultrasound at Kirby Medical Center, call our Imaging center
at (217) 762-1826.