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Ultrasound

Our Ultrasound Department Is Fully Accredited by the American College of Radiology

At Antelope Valley Hospital, we strive for patient comfort and satisfaction, and that’s why we offer a full range of ultrasound services using skilled sonographers who are on‑site 24/7. Services include abdominal and pelvic, obstetric and small parts ultrasound, and ultrasound‑guided biopsies.

What Is an Ultrasound Needed for & How Do I Prepare?

Ultrasound is used to image a variety of tissues, including liver, kidneys, thyroid gland, bladder, abdominal, aorta, uterus and ovaries, bladder, and gallbladder. Ultrasounds are also routinely needed to screen pregnant women to check their growing baby’s biophysical profiles and for assessing emergency conditions such as ectopic pregnancy.

Different ultrasound tests require additional preparation. You may be asked to avoid food or drink prior to your exam, while other tests require a full bladder.

Once the technologist has positioned you on the exam table, a clear gel is applied over the area of the body that is being examined. The gel eliminates any air pockets, allowing the transducer to gather the images. When the scan is complete, the technologist will review the images and send them to be read by a radiologist.

Check with your physician’s office for the appropriate preparation for your test or call the Radiology Department at 661‑949‑5705.

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