Ultrasound Specialist

Advantage MRI

Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center located in Hermosa, Chicago, IL

Diagnosing the cause of pain or swelling in your body may require a closer look at what’s going on inside the body with an ultrasound. Gregory T. Goldstein, MD, and the team at Advantage MRI in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, offer diagnostic ultrasound scans to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort. To schedule an appointment, call the practice, or use the online booking tool.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound scans, also called sonography, use high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your body, including organs, vessels, and tissues. There is no radiation involved with ultrasound imaging, which is why it is the preferred method to view developing babies during pregnancies.

Who needs an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are most commonly associated with pregnant women, as the procedure is used to safely view the unborn child still in the womb. But ultrasounds are also used to diagnose the cause of pain or swelling, providing images of the:

  • Gallbladder
  • Bladder
  • Liver
  • Kidneys
  • Ovaries
  • Uterus
  • Testicles
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Thyroid
  • Blood vessels

Ultrasounds can also capture images of infant brains or to guide a surgeon during medical procedures, such as biopsies. Ultrasounds also help doctors examine breast lumps, detect genital and prostate problems, look at blood flow, and evaluate metabolic bone disease.

What should I expect during an ultrasound?

Prior to your ultrasound at Advantage MRI, you change into a hospital gown. Then, you lie on an examination table, usually on your back, with just a section of your body exposed for the ultrasound. The sonographer applies a gel to your skin to allow the ultrasound transducer to slide freely and to improve the transmission of sound waves. The transducer looks like a wand and sends high-frequency sound waves through your body. You won’t hear the sounds as they are too high of a frequency for the human ear. 

Most ultrasounds are performed with the transducer on the outside of the body, but some women require a vaginal ultrasound, in which the transducer is gently placed in the vagina to capture images of the uterus and ovaries. Men may require a transrectal ultrasound in which the transducer is placed in the rectum to examine the prostate.

How does an ultrasound scan work?

As the transducer sends sound waves through your body, they eventually hit a bone or organ, which causes the sound waves to echo. The echoes are sent back to a computer as pictures for interpretation. There is no pain associated with an ultrasound scan, and the entire procedure typically lasts under 30 minutes. You can return to your normal daily activities immediately after an ultrasound.

When you need a diagnostic ultrasound, trust the expert sonographers at Advantage MRI. Call the practice, or book an appointment online today.