St. Dominic’s Ultrasound Services

The Ultrasound Department at St. Dominic strives to obtain the highest quality diagnostic ultrasounds and is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).  We have an excellent team of sonographers who are registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonography (ARDMS) and are proficient in many areas of sonography. Some of these areas include but are not limited to abdominal, obstetrical, gynecology, vascular, small parts, breast and neonatal ultrasounds.

About Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound does not use radiation, but uses high frequency sound waves to produce images
  • Commonly used during pregnancy to look at internal organs and blood vessels
  • Ultrasound uses a water soluble gel and a transducer—a wand shaped device that is pressed against the skin
  • Doppler ultrasound is a special type of ultrasound that evaluates blood as it flows through a vessel

Before your Ultrasound:

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to allow for time for registration
  • You will be provided with instructions about whether or not you should eat or drink before your exam, based on the type of ultrasound.
    • You should refrain from eating and drinking eight hours prior to your exam for all ultrasounds of the upper abdominal areas. These areas include: gallbladder, pancreas, liver, spleen, kidneys, and aorta. Morning appointments are recommended.
    • For an ultrasound of the kidneys/bladder or pelvis, you will need to have a full bladder. Please drink two glasses of water one hour prior and DO NOT empty your bladder before the exam.
    • There is no prep for extremity, thyroid or scrotal ultrasound.
    • A small amount of clear liquid may be taken with oral medication if needed before your appointment. Take your medication as you normally do, unless your referring physician has told you otherwise.

During your exam:

  • All ultrasounds are performed by highly trained and registered Sonographers.
  • An ultrasound exam generally takes up to 45 minutes. Renal vascular exams may take up to one hour.  For a more exact length of time for specific exams, please call the Ultrasound department at 601-200-6156.

Results:

All radiology exams are read by physicians known as a Radiologists.  The Radiologists at St. Dominic’s are all specialized experts in their field.  The results of your exam will be sent to your referring physician’s office within 24 hours.  Your physician’s office should then in turn discuss the results with you.