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Non-invasive and without any side effects, ultrasound has been in significant use for only a few decades. The system beams high-frequency sound waves (far beyond human hearing) into the body. Much like sonar, the waves bounce back from the more dense materials and are read by a computer, which digitally reconstructs the image on a video screen. These digital images, like the digital radiography images, are available for the attending physician to view anywhere in the hospital or in their private offices.

Routine and special diagnostic ultrasound studies are performed 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday. On-call emergency coverage is provided by the technologists seven days a week.

General ultrasound services include: obstetrical ultrasound, abdominal scanning to investigate gall bladders, livers, spleens, kidneys, breasts, thyroid and testes. (This includes the small body parts that we are able to scan that were not previously mentioned.)

Specialized ultrasound work includes: echocardiography (studying the heart to determine function and blood flow patterns); vascular studies (to determine blood flow through the arteries and veins); biopsies (the sampling of organs for laboratory analysis); and prostate gland scanning.