Ultrasound works by bouncing sound waves off the inside of the body. Echoes from the waves are converted into an image, called a sonogram. The technique is sometimes called sonography or sonar. Ultrasound has become an increasingly important part of diagnostic imaging, providing information that can guide a physician's care for a patient’s clinical management.
Ultrasound visualizes tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. The sonographer uses a handheld probe that is passed over the body targeting certain areas. The sounds or echoes from the probe are sent to a computer housed within the ultrasound machine. These echoes are then transformed into pictures.
There are various preparations dependent upon which part is to be examined. Please call the facility for this information.
Please wear comfortable clothing or you may change into the scrubs available at Forest City.
At FCDI, we have a radiologist on site during the daytime hours, so the test will be interpreted promptly. The results will be sent to your referring doctor within hours of your exam. You may obtain your results from your doctor. You will be given a CD copy of your images before you leave.
To schedule an Ultrasound exam, please call Forest City at 815-398-1300.