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 UltrasoundTrust 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 UltrasoundYou 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 ExpectYour 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.