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    Ultrasound

    Services performed at:  Lennon Rd-FlintVilla Linde-FlintFentonGrand BlancDavisonLapeer, Novi, Royal Oak and Southgate

    What is Ultrasound?

    Using sound waves to create images, ultrasound gives physicians a real-time, full-motion view of the inside of the body as it functions during an examination. You can think of ultrasound as being similar to your home video camera, except that it works with sound rather than light and is capable of “seeing” the inside of the body.

    One advantage of ultrasound is that it creates detailed, full-motion images without radiation or electromagnetic energy, making it the preferred method of examining a fetus during pregnancy. It is also highly effective for viewing physiological processes, such as blood flow or the fetal heartbeat.

    Ultrasound Services

    The following ultrasound services are offered:

    • Abdominal and pelvic
    • Thyroid, breast and testicular
    • Obstetric
    • Musculoskeletal (MSK)
    • Joint injections and aspirations
    • Liver, kidney and breast biopsy
    • Parotic fine needle aspirations
    • Cysts/Seroma aspirations
    • Thyroid fine needle aspiration
    • Baker’s cyst/knee aspiration

    The following Vascular Ultrasound services are offered:

    • Liver, kidney and aorta Doppler
    • Peripheral vascular upper and lower extremity
    • Venous insufficiency and vein mapping
    • Carotids

    Preparing for Ultrasound

    • Abdomen sonogram
      • No food or liquids 12 hours prior to your exam, including no gum or hard candies.
    • Abdominal & aorta
      • No food or liquids 12 hours prior to your exam.
    • Abdomen & pelvic sonogram (when scheduled together)

      • No food 12 hours prior to your exam. Start drinking 32 ounces of water one and a half hours before your appointment, and finish the water one hour before your examination. Do not empty the bladder until your study is completed.
    • Kidney sonogram
      • Start drinking 20 ounces of water one and a half hours before your appointment, and finish the water one hour before your examination. Do not empty the bladder until the study is completed.
      • Pediatric – double the age of the patient and have them drink that number of ounces of water one hour before their appointment and finish the water 45 minutes before their exam. Do not empty the bladder before the study is completed. No eating 4 hours prior to the study.
    • Pelvic sonogram
      • Start drinking 32 ounces of water one and a half hours before your appointment, and finish the water one hour before your examination. Do not empty the bladder until the study is completed.
    • Obstetric sonogram
      • Start drinking 32 ounces of water one and a half hours before your appointment, and finish one hour before the study. Do not empty the bladder until the study is completed.

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