Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What is a diagnostic Ultrasound?

A diagnostic ultrasound or sonogram, is a non-invasive medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves to image specific parts or organs inside the body.

Q: How much does an Ultrasound usually cost?

An ultrasound or sonogram, usually costs an average of $200 to $ 400, depending on the type of ultrasound. Medical insurance generally covers the cost of an ultrasound if it is deemed medically necessary.

Q: Who performs an Ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound exams are performed by licensed medical professional - either a physician or a registered medical sonographer.

Q: What are the requirements for an Ultrasound examination?

A diagnostic ultrasound exam requires a prescription from your doctor.

Q: Does an Ultrasound produce radiation?

Diagnostic ultrasound exams do not use radiation like a CT-Scan or an X-Ray.

Q: What organs are examined with an Ultrasound?

Diagnostic ultrasound exams are used to examine the heart, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, thyroid, scrotum, pregnancies and many other regions of the body.

Q: What should I wear for an Ultrasound?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined. You also may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

Q: How long will the Ultrasound take?

The ultrasound exam will usually take between 20 to 45 minutes.

Q: Will the Ultrasound exam hurt?

No. The ultrasound exam usually does not hurt.

Q: Who reads or interprets the Ultrasound exam and how will I learn about my results?

A radiologist or cardiologist, are medical doctors specifically trained to read different types of ultrasound exams. The will review and carefully analyze the images obtained by the sonographer and send a signed report to your doctor. In many cases, the interpreting physician may discuss the results with you at the conclusion of your exam. It is recommended that you schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to discuss your results.