Ultrasound

Sun Radiology

Radiologist, Neuroradiologist, and Musculoskeletal Radiologist in Glendale, AZ; Peoria, AZ; & Phoenix, AZ

Although you may associate ultrasounds with prenatal care, this safe, noninvasive imaging study has a wide range of diagnostic uses. Manntej Sra, MD, a board-certified radiologist, and the team of radiology experts and technicians at Sun Radiology provide ultrasounds. They have four convenient locations in Peoria, Phoenix, and Glendale, Arizona. Call your nearest office or schedule an appointment online today if you need an ultrasound.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging test that uses sound waves to create images of your internal organs and blood vessels. 

Ultrasounds are noninvasive, painless, and safe. Additionally, advances in medical technology have improved the level of detail available with ultrasound, including 3D images and video.

Ultrasounds work by sending sound waves through your body. These sound waves rebound off of different types of tissue at different speeds. 

The ultrasound transducer collects the rebounding waves and transmits them to a computer, which creates the images that your radiologist uses to diagnose and evaluate your condition.

What are the available types of ultrasound?

Sun Radiology offers all types of ultrasounds, including transabdominal and transvaginal, to diagnose conditions affecting:

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Urinary 
  • Bladder
  • Breasts
  • Gallbladder
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Ovaries
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Thyroid
  • Testicles
  • Uterus
  • Arteries
  • Veins

Sun Radiology also uses Doppler ultrasounds to measure and monitor your blood as it flows through your arteries and veins.

How should I prepare for an ultrasound?

The team at Sun Radiology gives you specific instructions on how to prepare for your ultrasound, as the instructions vary depending on the part of the body that needs to be examined. 

For example, for some tests, you may need to avoid eating or drinking for up to 12 hours, while other tests require a full bladder. 

You should always wear loose, comfortable clothing to your ultrasound appointment. In some cases, you may need to wear a hospital gown during your ultrasound, depending on the part of your body being examined.

What happens during an ultrasound?

During your ultrasound, you recline on a treatment table. You either adjust your clothing or wear a hospital gown if needed to allow your technician to access the part of your body that needs to be checked. Your technician applies a clear gel to your skin, which helps the transducer wand glide smoothly and improves the way the sound waves move through your skin.

Your radiologist studies the images as they appear on a video screen in the treatment room, and pictures and videos are recorded for later use and diagnosis.

Ultrasound appointments usually last 30-60 minutes. You can return to your regular activities as soon as your ultrasound is complete. 

If you need an ultrasound, call Sun Radiology or make an appointment online today.