Ultrasound Diagnostic Testing
An ultrasound uses sound waves to develop images of soft tissues and organs inside the human body. This type of test is used primarily for confirming and dating a pregnancy as well as diagnosing certain medical conditions. Our ultrasound technologists, with a combined 94 years of experience, have all received special training to perform testing. Results are interpreted by your physician and Plains Radiology Services.
- Superficial Mass
What to Expect During the Ultrasound
Plan to be at the hospital at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to check-in with our Admissions Team. The ultrasound will last approximately an hour from start to finish. Guests will lie on the table with the skin exposed on the testing area only. We will use a clear gel and a handheld wand over the exposed area. Ultrasounds are safe and painless. A radiologist will evaluate the test and prepare a report to be sent to your physician.
How to Prepare for an Ultrasound
- For kidney, pelvic or pregnancy - there are no diet restrictions. However, for optimal testing, make sure your bladder is extremely full.
- For abdomen or aorta - do not eat or drink after midnight prior to the exam.
- For breast, thyroid or testicle - there are no dietary restrictions.