1 (805) 682-7744     Fax (805) 682-3321

What is Ultrasound?

Diagnostic Ultrasound is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of certain structures within your body. Ultrasounds are painless, useful procedures used for a variety of reasons including diagnosing some forms of cancer or infection and evaluating abnormalities within your body. Our specially-trained technologists use a device called a transducer during this exam, which when placed on your skin emits pulses of sound waves that parts of your body reflect back. All of this information is then sent to a computer which composes detailed images based on patterns created by these sound waves.

What Should I Expect?


Preparation depends on the area of your body which is being examined. Some exams mandate withholding food and drink for 4 to 8 hours prior while others require a full bladder. Our office will provide you with specific instructions to prepare for your exam at the time of scheduling your appointment.

For more on how to prepare for your appointment CLICK HERE.



For the duration of your Ultrasound, you will be asked to lie on a padded table wearing a gown we will provide for you. Your technologist will then proceed by applying a thin layer of gel to the area being scanned, and gently press and slide the transducer on your skin. The entire procedure varies from 30 to 60 minutes depending on which area of your body is being examined.



After your exam you can return to your activities as normal. Our highly trained radiologists will analyze your images and report the findings for you to discuss with your doctor.

What to Expect During Your Exam


How long will my exam take?
Why do I need to fast?
Will I have a male or female technologist?
Why do I need a full bladder?
Can I schedule a transvaginal exam while menstruating?
If I am under 25, why is a breast ultrasound recommended?