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WHAT TO EXPECT AT VANCOUVER ULTRASOUND

During an ultrasound exam, you usually lie on an examination table. A small amount of gel is applied to your skin. The gel helps eliminate the formation of air pockets between the ultrasound and your body. During the exam, a technician trained in ultrasound imaging (sonographer) presses a small hand-held device (transducer), about the size of a bar of soap, against your skin over the area of your body being examined, moving from one area to another as necessary.

Based on the same principles as sonar, a technology used to detect underwater objects, the transducer generates and receives high-frequency sound waves that can’t be heard by the human ear.

As the sonographer places the transducer on your skin, crystals inside the transducer emit pulses of sound waves that travel into your body. Your tissues, bones and body fluids reflect the sound waves and bounce them back to the transducer. The transducer then sends this information to a computer, which composes detailed images based on the patterns created by the sound waves.

Though the majority of ultrasound exams are performed with a transducer on your skin, some ultrasounds are done inside your body (invasive ultrasounds). For these exams, the transducer is attached to a probe that’s inserted into a natural opening in your body. Examples of these exams include:

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Transrectal Ultrasound.

A small, specialized transducer is inserted into a man’s rectum to view his prostate.

Transvaginal Ultrasound.

A small, specialized transducer is inserted into a woman’s vagina to view her uterus and ovaries.

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Ultrasound scans involve exposing part of your body to high sound waves that produce dynamic visual pictures of the inside of your body without radiation. Diagnostic ultrasound is an ultrasound based diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize internal organs, tendons, muscles, joints, vessels for possible pathology or lesions. Obstetric ultrasound is commonly used during pregnancy and is widely recognized by the public. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound is widely used in medicine that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

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Abdomen
Aorta - Gall Bladder - Liver - Kidneys - Pancreas - Spleen
Pelvis
Varicoceles - Ovaries - Prostate - Scrotum - Bladder - Varicoceles
Neck
Parotid Glands - Lymph Nodes - Thyroid - Submandibular Gland - Parotid Glands
Musculoskeletal
Wrists - Ankle - Knee - Shoulder - Soft Tissue Lumps
Arterial Venous
Legs/DVT or Venous Reflux - Lower Extremity Arteries - Carotid Arteries
Gender Determination
Boy or Girl – after 20 weeks
Obstetric
Unborn Child (fetus)
Breast

Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe procedure that uses low-power sound waves. There are no direct risks from a diagnostic ultrasound exam.

Although ultrasound is a valuable tool, it does have its limitations. Sound doesn’t travel well through air or bone, so ultrasound isn’t effective at imaging parts of your body that have gas in them or that are obscured by bone. Rather than using ultrasound to view these areas, your doctor may instead order other imaging tests, such as CT or MRI scans, or X-rays.

When your exam is complete, the sonographer and a radiologist generally view the ultrasound images on film or on a computer monitor. The radiologist analyzes the images and sends a report of the findings to your doctor.

If your ultrasound exam is for an urgent medical condition, your doctor should receive your results immediately. Otherwise, you should have your results within one working day of the exam.

Vancouver Ultrasound Ltd. is a private facility.  All services are not covered by Medical Services Plan.  We do accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Debit, Cash, Extended Medical and Private Insurance.  Most of our services are $380 with the exception of gender determination which costs $70.

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