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Ultrasound, also known as ultrasonography or sonography, is a non-invasive medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce real-time images and capture the dynamic movements of internal organs, tissues, structures and blood flow. By translating sound waves into visual images, our ultrasound technologists use ultrasound and ultrasound equipment as valuable tools for diagnostic imaging, assessing health and detecting diseases. Additionally, it helps in evaluating how effective certain medical treatments are and offers precise image guidance for procedures such as needle biopsies.

What type of ultrasounds are offered at IMI?

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive test where a transducer wand, moved over gel on the skin, produces real-time 3D images on a computer screen. It captures internal structures, movements, blood flow, and identifies abnormalities in organs and tissues.

Specifically addressing lumps or abnormalities detected in screenings, mammograms, physical exams or other tests, a breast ultrasound offers detailed information to complement diagnostic assessments.

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How to prepare for your ultrasound visit.

During your exam

  • Lie still on your back on the examination table.
  • A clear gel will be applied to the examination area.
  • Your technologist or radiologist will sweep the transducer wand firmly back and forth on the examination area.
  • The applied pressure may cause mild discomfort.
  • The examination usually takes less than 30 minutes.