Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves to make pictures of structures inside your body. They can show movement, such as a heart beating, as well as soft tissue that may not be easy to see on an X-ray. Ultrasound imaging is also known as sonography.

Accredited in Ultrasound

Trust Spectrum Health for high-quality ultrasound images from experts who use the best technology. Our facilities are accredited in ultrasound by the American College of Radiology. 

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are common during pregnancy because they don’t use any radiation. But they have many other uses, too. Your physician may ask you to get an ultrasound to help detect, diagnose, monitor or guide treatment of a wide range of conditions.

Types of Ultrasound

You and your doctor have access to a full range of ultrasound exams at Spectrum Health, including:
Abdominal ultrasound
Breast ultrasound
Carotid artery duplex scan
Chest ultrasound
Doppler ultrasound
Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
Kidney ultrasound
Pelvic ultrasound
Prenatal ultrasound
Prostate ultrasound

What to Expect

Your care team will tell you what to expect and provide instructions for your specific test. 

For most exams, a technician will put a special jelly on your skin over the area that they will examine. Then, the professional will move a handheld device called a transducer across your skin. The transducer sends sound waves through your body to create pictures.

Test Results

Your test results will be available 24 to 48 hours. We’ll share your results with the doctor who ordered your test. Your doctor will explain the results and help you decide next steps.