What is an ultrasound?
During an ultrasound exam, (also known as a sonogram), sound waves far above the range of human hearing penetrate your body. When your internal organs reflect back the sound waves, a computer records and interprets the resulting echoes and generates an image of the area of your body being examined. An ultrasound does not use X-rays; therefore, it is appropriate even for pregnant women, who are advised to avoid X-ray and CT scans.
Ultrasound at Rhea Medical Center
Because of its advanced equipment, Rhea Medical Center offers a wide range of ultrasound procedures, including:
Equipment: Rhea Medical Center was one of the first hospitals in southeast Tennessee to acquire the Acuson Sequoia Ultrasound system. It is the most advanced system available on the market. This equipment is used mainly by large metropolitan teaching hospitals. It provides clearer images of the body and allows us to see abnormalities at a smaller, earlier stage. The Sequoia allows us to complete exams that lesser ultrasound equipment would not be capable of performing.
What to Expect
The Procedure: An ultrasound technologist will spread a warm transmitting gel over the area of your body to be scanned and then run a wand-like instrument, (called a transducer) lightly through the gel. A video screen will display a moving image of the area examined, and the image will be photographed for analysis.