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General Ultrasound

Ultrasound (also called sonography) is an extremely safe procedure that creates moving pictures of the inside of your body without using radiation. Your physician uses these sonograms (pictures made with ultrasound) to make an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

Indiana University Health board certified radiologists are experts in reading ultrasound images. In some cases a radiologist specializing in images of certain parts of the body may also read your sonogram. For example, a specialist in pelvic disorders may read a sonogram of your uterus. This specialized review ensures the utmost accuracy in our report to your physician.

IU Health Radiology staff is trained to make you feel at ease while in our care. Your ultrasound technologist will make you comfortable during the procedure and explain what to expect every step of the way.

Each new generation of ultrasound improves the effectiveness of this imaging technique. IU Health stays on the leading edge with advanced ultrasound technology.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

General Ultrasound Treatment Information

Ultrasound allows technologists and physicians to view movement within your body. The technologist doing the scan captures video of the inside of your moving body so your physician can observe the speed and direction of blood flowing through vessels. We also take still pictures during the scan to be viewed by radiologists and your physician.

The technologist or physician doing the ultrasound applies a gel to your skin near the part of the body to be examined. A small wand called a transducer is held against your skin while the technologist observes the ultrasound image on a monitor. The transducer emits sound waves, which bounce back and are captured to form the picture on the screen.

Our general ultrasound services include:

In some cases, we use specialized transducers to see parts of the body that may be more difficult to see using general ultrasound. For example, we place a special transducer in the rectum to make a sonogram of the prostate gland.

IU Health has advanced technology that allows us to use ultrasound to examine an increasing number of organs and other parts of the body. These specialized ultrasound procedures provide internal images your physician needs to see without exposing you to radiation. 


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General Ultrasound Support Services

Learn more about ultrasound procedures and how ultrasound creates images that enable your physician to treat you effectively.