Forest City Diagnostic Imaging

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Forest City Diagnostic Imaging

735 N. Perryville Road
Rockford, IL 61107
(815) 398-1300
(815) 398-3797
BillPay (708) 675-1068

ACR Accredited Facility

Ultrasound

What is an Ultrasound?

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.

What are the Benefits vs. Risks of an Ultrasound?

BENEFITS

  • Ultrasounds have no long term side effects.
  • Rarely causes discomfort to the patient.

RISKS

  • Ultrasound is generally considered a safe imaging modality, so there is no associated risk.

Preparation:

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.

Results:

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.

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