What is an ultrasound?
Weatherford Regional Hospital offers quality Ultrasound Technology that is a safe, affordable, and non-invasive procedure. An Ultrasound exam is a high frequency sound wave that is beamed into the body and bounces off body organs and tissues to obtain valuable information. The high frequency sound waves are then translated into sound you can see in the form of an image. The type of testing can be used to detect heart disease, risk of stroke, abnormalities in the abdomen and reproductive system, conditions with the breast, and developing babies in the womb.
What kind of technology and training are available at WRH?
Weatherford Regional Hospital offers an all digital iU22 Phillips Ultrasound machine. This unit provides a wide range of clinical imaging capabilities to address a wide range of patient needs. Our iU22 is the leading edge equipment in performance for diagnostic ultrasound images of abdomen, OB/GYN, breast, pediatric, musculoskeletal, cardiac, vascular, and small parts. The image clarity and clinical accuracy add to diagnostic confidence allowing for better management and earlier decision making.
Our highly trained staff have specialty certifications of RDMS (abdomen and OB/GYN), RDCS (adult cardiac), and RVT (vascular technology). WRH is equipped and trained to handle all of your Sonography needs.
What should I expect?
The exam will begin with you lying down on a bed. The ultrasound tech will then place a small amount of water based gel on your skin in the area to be imaged. This gel helps to transmit sound waves for the exam but is easily removed afterward. The technologist will run a transducer over the area to obtain images for interpretation.
How long will the exam take?
An ultrasound exam takes anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to complete. The time each test takes varies on the type of exam.
Are IV’s or shots involved?
There are no IV’s or shots involved with an Ultrasound exam.
Safety of ultrasound?
Sonography is a radiation free procedure making it safe and non invasive. Ultrasound exams use high frequency waves that are beamed into the body. The echo is used to create sound you can see through image production of the measurement. This process is not harmful to the body internally or externally. Ultrasound is a portable exam that makes it easier to obtain images from high risk or fragile patients. Ultrasound can be used on women, men, children, and seniors as well.
Reasons for Ultrasound?
Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, heart, blood vessels, prostate, and developing babies.Sonography is increasingly used in the detection and treatment of heart disease, heart attack, and vascular diseases that can lead to stroke. Ultrasound can also be used to examine organ related disorders in patients with gallstones, kidney diseases, and aneurysms. Fetal imaging is the most well known application. The image clarity provides doctors with valuable information about the developing baby as well as offering expectant parents a first glimpse of the child.