Ultrasound Scan


What is an Ultrasound Scan?

An Ultrasound Scan (sonogram or ultrasonography) is a non-invasive procedure that uses high frequency sound waves, directed at specific areas to be examined. There is no radiation at all used to create the image, and ultrasounds can be done on just about any body part. The gel is used to give a contact barrier between the transducer or image camera and the patient's skin to help create the image. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Below you'll find information on different types of ultrasounds we do and the body parts that they cover. Our staff is always available to answer any questions you have about an examination. You can reach Scheduling at (205) 345-2000.

Different types of Ultrasounds:

Abdominal Ultrasound (Complete)
Examines the gb, bile ducts, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, and aorta. It detects gallstones, kidney stones, aortic aneurysms, or obtains information pertaining to the size, shape, or composition of the masses.

Abdominal Ultrasound (Single Organ)
Consists of a targeted ultrasound of one specific organ within the abdomen.

Pelvis Ultrasound
Examines the uterus, ovaries, and pelvic adnexa. Detects masses, cysts, fibroids, and other conditions associated with the female reproductive system.

Obstetrical Ultrasound
Examines the fetus during pregnancy. This exam checks the placenta, amniotic fluid, fetal presentation, fetal heartbeat, fetal anatomy, and various measurements to determine fetal age.

Small Parts Ultrasound
Examines different structures including thyroid, breast, testicles, and hands. This exam can evaluate for cysts, solid masses, or determine the composition of a breast mass, and check for arthritis.


Abdominal Ultrasound (complete or single organ)
Do not eat or drink after midnight prior to the day of the exam.

Pelvic and Obstetrical Ultrasound
Drink 32 ounces of water one hour prior to your appointment time. Do not void after drinking water. Please arrive for your appointment with a full bladder.

Small Part Ultrasound
No preparation necessary

Approximately 30 minutes should be allowed per ultrasound exam. You may be at The Radiology Clinic longer than that due to check-in and interview with the technologist.

If you have children, please make arrangements for childcare, as there are no childcare facilities on site. Children are not allowed in the examination room.

What to Expect

You will be instructed to lie on the examination table. Gel will be placed on your skin over the organ of interest. This allows for the transfer of sound waves. Real time images are acquired and sent to our computer filing system. These images are immediately available to the radiologist for viewing and interpretation.

Follow Up

Your referring physician will be provided results 2 - 3 days after your examination.

The Ultrasound department at The Radiology Clinic is accredited by the American College of Radiology.