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Ultrasounds Made Easy
At Pure Mammography, we offer more than just mammograms. We are proud to offer ultrasounds in our spa setting just for women.
Ultrasounds available include:
- Screening Breast Ultrasound
- Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound (Bilateral, RT, LT)
- Pelvic Ultrasound (TA/TV)
- Thyroid Ultrasound
- Abdomen Ultrasound (Complete)
- Venous Duplex US Lower Extremity (Bilateral, RT, LT)
- Peripheral Soft Tissue
What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging uses the principles of sonar. Sound waves bounce off, or echo, off of objects. Ultrasound sends sound waves into the body to echo off organs or other structures. The echo waves are measured, providing information regarding the organ’s or object’s shape, size, and consistency (whether it is a solid mass or fluid-filled). An ultrasound can detect changes in the appearance of tissues and organs and also detect unusual masses, such as cysts or tumors.
This test is commonly used to facilitate accurate diagnosis and treatment management for various conditions. We often recognize ultrasound as the imaging that is performed on pregnant women to gain vital information on their fetuses. However, there are several instances in which this method of screening is valuable. In addition to pregnancy ultrasounds, doctors may order ultrasound screening on the:
- Uterus and/or ovaries
- Thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Abdominal aorta, heart, and blood vessels
Ultrasounds are non-invasive and painless. No radiation is used, as is common in x-rays. The real-time capture of ultrasound can show the body in motion, such as blood flowing through various vessels.
How is an ultrasound performed?
During an ultrasound, the trained technician uses a transducer, a small handpiece, to send sound waves toward a part of the body. A warm gel is applied to the skin to allow the transducer to glide as needed across the surface. The small pulses of sound wave energy are sent silently and painlessly into the body. As these waves bounce off internal organs, tissues, and fluids, echoes are recorded and measured. The image produced by these measurements is instantly displayed on a computer monitor. The technician captures one or more frames from the moving image. Short video loops can also be saved for further observation.
Patients undergo ultrasound imaging while lying face-up on an exam table. The body may be positioned for access to one side or the other. The table may also be tilted or turned if necessary. Once the patient is positioned, the sonographer applies the gel to the skin and moves the transducer through it to make secure contact with the body. The transducer is pressed relatively firmly against the body. This should not be painful but can feel slightly uncomfortable. To capture video and images, the sonographer moves the transducer back and forth over the area of interest.
How much does an ultrasound cost?
The cost of ultrasound may be determined by the area of imaging, the extent of imaging, and the use of contrast dye or other special techniques. Our staff can provide detailed information for you at the time of your consultation.
How long does an ultrasound take?
Ultrasound imaging often takes about 30 minutes. More extensive exams can take up to one hour. We inform patients about their test ahead of time so they can allot sufficient space in their day for their visit. After an ultrasound, patients can immediately resume their normal activities.
Why choose PURE Mammography for your Ultrasound?
Our imaging center was established around the cornerstones of comfort, convenience, and care. It was built out with the help of a world leader in spa design because we want women to have an experience that feels more caring than clinical. Our team considered every detail of our facility, including the technology that is used to perform necessary tests. PURE Mammography is an ACR-accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence that is known for outstanding radiologists, technicians, and technology.