Ultrasound Services

Ultrasound is one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine. Well known for visualizing exams during pregnancy, it is also used to look at muscles, tendons, and internal organs. Ultrasound is also a preferred modality to use for guidance during biopsies of the breast and thyroid.

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound, also known as Sonography is a radiation-free imaging procedure. Using high-frequency sound waves to generate an image, the reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, as well as blood flow.

What are some common uses of Ultrasound imaging?

Commonly associated with prenatal examinations, ultrasound is used in a variety of diagnostic applications including the evaluation of the fetus during pregnancy, the gall bladder for gallstones and the characterization of breast masses. A specialized form of ultrasound called Doppler ultrasound can detect blood flow and is helpful in detecting stenosis of the carotid arteries (blockages in the blood vessels of the neck) as well as thromboses (blood clots) in the legs. Ultrasound imaging is also used for guiding breast and thyroid biopsies.

What are the benefits of Ultrasound?
Preparing for an Ultrasound

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound imaging exam. Other preparation depends on the type of examination you will have.

Preparing for an ultrasound exam depends on the type of exam the patient is having:

  1. For Obstetrical, Pelvic and Renal (Kidneys) exams, start with an empty bladder. One hour before your exam drink 32 ounces of water. Do not empty your bladder until the exam is complete.
  2. For abdominal, gall bladder and pancreas exams patients must not have anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before their exam. Medications may be taken with a small amount of water. No smoking the morning of the exam.
  3. Patients having biopsies of the breast or thyroid must refrain from taking any aspirin or Coumadin for 1 week prior to their exam.

Please contact our office at 626-447-0035 for any questions related to preparing for an ultrasound exam including hysterosonogram exams which require specific appointment dates dependent on the female patient's menstrual cycle, and men's prostate exams which require specific bowel preparation.

During and After an Ultrasound

You will be asked to lie on a comfortable table while a Technologist performs the exam. A handheld device, called an ultrasound probe or transducer, will be moved on the surface of the skin in the area of interest after a liquid gel is placed on the probe and/or the skin. For certain ultrasound exams, specialized internal probes are used. For example, an endovaginal probe is used for most pelvic exams to create the most detailed images of the uterus and ovaries.

Following an ultrasound study, the patient can eat and resume normal activity. One of Arcadia Radiology Medical Group's Radiologists will interpret the ultrasound exam and send the results to the patient's physician.

Locations & Hours

To schedule an appointment please call (626) 445-4850

To contact the facility, please call (626) 447-0035

Arcadia Radiology Medical Group

612 W. Duarte Road, Suite 101 Arcadia, CA 91007

Monday – Friday 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday 8:00 am - 2:00 pm