Ultrasonography (Diagnostic Ultrasound) in Long Island & Queens
What is an ultrasound (ultrasonography)?
An ultrasound, also called ultrasonography, is a medical imaging technique that passes high frequency sound waves through your body to create images of internal organs, blood flow, and tissues. As the sound waves pass through your body, they collect images that help your doctor diagnose and evaluate a number of health conditions that affect your internal organs. The sound waves used during an ultrasound cannot be heard or felt by the patient and will not cause any adverse effects. Therefore, an ultrasound can be performed as many times as needed without causing harm to your body.
Why is an ultrasound performed?
Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound to determine the cause of swelling, infection, pain, or other conditions relating to internal organs. At Neighborhood Radiology Services, we use ultrasound testing to:
- Detect certain cancers
- Assess the fetus of a pregnant woman
- Diagnose gallbladder disease
- Guide a needle during an ultrasound guided core breast biopsy
- Evaluate a breast lump
- Examine blood flow
- Diagnose genital or prostate issues
What kinds of ultrasound exams are available at Neighborhood Radiology Services?
At Neighborhood Radiology, we provide state-of-the-art ultrasound services to assess a number of areas of the body, including:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Soft tissue of the neck
- Hepatobiliary/right upper quadrant (RUQ)
- Pelvis (female or male)
Our radiologists also provide ultrasound services for obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) for:
- 1st trimester
- 2nd trimester
- 3rd trimester
- OB biophysical profile
What does an ultrasound involve?
Ultrasound exams do not expose the body to radiation, so the procedure is safe and painless for patients. Usually, there is no preparation needed for an ultrasound exam. However, in some cases, you may be asked to alter your food or drink intake in the hours leading up to the exam. Ask your Neighborhood Radiology doctor for specific instructions before your exam.
During the procedure, you may have to remove jewelry or clothing in the area being examined. A trained ultrasound technician, also known as a sonographer, will apply a special gel to your skin and then gently press a small hand-held device called a transducer against the area. This device sends sound waves into your body and then back to a computer, which creates images of the examined area.
Less common ultrasound exams may have slightly different procedures. For example, transvaginal ultrasounds are done by inserting a small device into the natural opening of your body. Your ultrasound may also involve other imaging tests, such as MRI scans, CT scans or x-rays, depending on your doctor’s recommendation and your needs. Discuss your procedure with your doctor to determine the specific steps involved for you.
What are the benefits of undergoing an ultrasound exam at Neighborhood Radiology Services?
The benefits of having an ultrasound performed by one of our board-certified experts in New York include:
- Non-invasive and painless
- No radiation exposure or harmful effects
- Done in a short office visit
- Can help detect numerous health conditions
If you need to book a medical ultrasound, contact our board-certified radiologists at Neighborhood Radiology Services, with locations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 800-220-2220 to learn more about our services.