Medical sonography or ultrasound is a diagnostic medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons and many internal organs. Ultrasound is also used to visualize a fetus during routine and emergency prenatal care.
DMC Sinai-Grace offers a full range of ultrasound services with digital archiving and communication capabilities at the Sinai-Grace Hospital campus at Schaefer and Outer Drive in northwest Detroit.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses sound waves to “see” inside the body. This modality provides images of certain organs, vessels and soft tissue structures by using a transducer that passes sound waves through the skin. These sound waves or echoes bounce off internal structures to produce an image, much like sonar on boats and submarines. While ultrasound is considered an effective imaging modality it does not travel through air or bone and is not useful for studying lungs, adult brain or boney structures.
Why do I need an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound examinations can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess organ damage following illness. Ultrasound is used to help physicians evaluate symptoms such as:
- Weight loss
At Sinai-Grace Hospital, ultrasound is most frequently used for abdominal, gynecologic and small body part assessment. Abdominal ultrasound includes assessment for:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Aortic aneurysms
- Gall bladder conditions
- Pancreas disease
Small body part ultrasound includes assessment for:
- Thyroid tumors and conditions
- Muscle & tendon pathology
- Prostate tumors
- Testicular tumors, infection and torsion
Gynecologic ultrasound includes assessment for:
- Uterine fibroids
- Endometrial pathology
- Ovarian tumors
- First-trimester pregnancy
- Ectopic pregnancy
Ultrasound is also used to:
- Guide procedures such as needle biopsies and drainage procedures
Preparing for your Ultrasound
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined. We ask you leave all valuables such as jewelry at home.
You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.
Other preparation depends on the type of exam that will be performed. You may be asked not to eat before your exam. In other cases your may be asked to drink extra fluids and a full bladder before your exam. Your doctor should provide you with specific instructions. Most exams are completed within one hour.
Please remember to bring the following IMPORTANT items. If you do not have them with you when you arrive, you may need to reschedule your scan:
- Insurance card(s) and any referral/ authorization forms
- Picture identification
- Prescription/order for the test from your doctor
- A list of your current medications
- Your Ultrasound Scan Results
DMC board-certified radiologists will interpret your Ultrasound scan and send the results to your physician, usually within 24 hours.
For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital ultrasound services, call 313-966-4800. To schedule an appointment, call 888-DMC-2500 or visit our Appointment Scheduling page.