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What is ultrasound imaging?

Also called sonography or ultrasound scanning, ultrasound imaging utilizes high-frequency sound waves to "echo" or bounce off the body to create an image. For an ultrasound exam, the sonographer applies a special gel to the skin, and a wand-like instrument (called a transducer) is positioned over it. Sound waves are generated and reflected off of internal structures and sent back to the transducer as electric impulses, which produce an image on a computer screen. A radiologist will review the images and the sonographer's findings to render a report, which will be sent to your physician.

Is ultrasound safe?
There are no known harmful effects associated with the medical use of ultrasound.

Will ultrasound hurt?
The procedure itself is painless, but in order to obtain the best image possible, mild discomfort might occur from transducer pressure or angling.

Types of Ultrasound Exams:

Besides pregnancies, ultrasound is used to examine many of the body's internal organs, including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles, thyroid and breasts. Ultrasound can also look at and listen to the blood flow within arteries and veins in the neck, abdomen and legs.

Our radiologists oversee our highly trained, registered sonographers, many who possess added certifications. The Beverly Radiology Associates have all obtained and documented at least twice the number of CME credits required by the Board of Registration in Medicine for over the past four years, each earning the AMA Physician Recognition Award with Commendation. Our radiologists and radiology staff use their expertise to improve your experience.

Outpatient Ultrasound Services are available at Beverly Hospital, Lahey Outpatient Center, Danvers and Addison Gilbert Hospital. Although a physician's order is required for an ultrasound examination, you may call 866-479-3208 to schedule your exam.

Our Ultrasound Program is accredited by the American College of Radiology in OB/GYN, abdominal, vascular, breast and breast biopsy.

Detail of Ultrasound Services performed at Beverly Hospital facilities

Other Ultrasound Services available at our facilities:

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