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Welcome to Ultrasound


Accredited by the American College of Radiology & Breast Center of Excellence at our Rivers Edge location.

Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive imaging technique that uses sound waves that bounce off of internal tissues to produce images of the organs in the body. Since no radiation is involved, there are no documented risks associated with ultrasound. With our state-of-the-art equipment and highly skilled sonographers, we ensure that you get the best exam possible.

We are proud to offer our services at multiple locations that offer a full range of ultrasound testing performed by our licensed and registered sonographers.


How Ultrasound Works





What types of exams are done in Ultrasound?

An ultrasound exam may be ordered to look at internal organs listed below, but also much more.


Abdominal ultrasound

Your abdominal ultrasound can be done at any of our Elliot Imaging Centers. With the exception of having a little water to take your normal medication, your doctor office should ask you to refrain from eating or drinking anything for 6-8 hours prior to your exam.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 30-45 minutes.





Gynecologic/pelvic ultrasound

Your Pelvic exam can be done at any of our Elliot Imaging Centers. Patients under 18 years old should have a full bladder for their exam. Start drinking 32 ounces of water one and a half hours (1 ½) hours before your exam time and finished drinking one (1) hour before your scheduled exam.

Patients over 18 are not required to fill.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 30-45 minutes.





First trimester OB ultrasound

Your Obstetrical exam can be done at any of our Elliot Imaging Centers. Please come to your appointment with a full bladder. Start drinking thirty two (32) ounces of water one and a half hours (1 ½) hours before your exam time and finished drinking one (1) hour before your scheduled exam.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 30-45 minutes.





Scrotal ultrasound

Your Scrotal exam can be done at any of our Elliot Imaging Centers. No prep is required.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 30-45 minutes. No prep is required.





Thyroid ultrasound

Your Thyroid exam can be done at any of our Elliot Imaging Centers. No prep is required.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 20-30 minutes. No prep is required.





Arteries and Veins

Your Arterial or Venous exam can be done at any of our Elliot Imaging Centers. No prep is required.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 30-60 minutes. No prep is required.





Infant Heads

Your child’s head exam will be done at Elliot Hospital Site. No prep is required.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 20-30 minutes. No prep is required.





Infant Hips

Your child’s hip exam will be done at Elliot Hospital Site. No prep is required.

You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 30 minutes.





Breast

Your Breast exam will be done in our dedicated Breast Center on the 1st floor at our Rivers Edge location. You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.





Arterial Bypass Grafts

Your vascular exam will be done on the 3rd floor Vascular Department located at Rivers Edge. You should arrive to the Ultrasound department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. This exam time is typically 45-90 minutes.





Specialty ultrasound exams:

All the below Specialty ultrasound exams are done at the Elliot Hospital Campus Located at:
One Elliot Way
Manchester, NH 03103


Various types of Biopsies and Aspirations including Thoracentesis and Paracentesis

An ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy is an outpatient procedure. The procedure uses sound waves to help locate a nodule or abnormality within the tissue (ex. thyroid, breast, lung) and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. The procedure is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation. This procedure requires little to no special preparation.

Aspiration is a type of biopsy procedure. In fine needle aspiration, a thin needle is inserted into an area of abnormal-appearing tissue or body fluid (ex. lung). As with other types of biopsies, the sample collected during fine needle aspiration can help make a diagnosis. Fine needle aspiration is generally considered a safe procedure. Complications are infrequent.

Thoracentesis is an outpatient procedure that uses imaging guidance and a needle to help diagnose and treat pleural effusions, a condition in which the space between the lungs and the inside of the chest wall contains excess fluid. It is performed to help determine the cause of the excess fluid and to ease any shortness of breath or pain by removing the fluid and relieving pressure on the lungs. Paracentesis is an outpatient procedure that uses imaging guidance and a needle to help diagnose and treat the increase of abdominal fluid. It is performed to help determine the cause of the excess fluid and to ease any shortness of breath or pressure by removing the fluid.

Prior to your appointment a radiology nurse will contact you to review your medications, medical history and answer any questions you may have.

Patients are asked to have someone drive them to and from your exam.


Contrast exams

Contrast exams helps to determine if a liver mass is malignant vs benign. Your doctor’s office will schedule your exam.

Our nursing staff will contact you a couple days prior to your appointment to review your exam and medications.

Exam preparation requires nothing to eat or drink for 3-4 hours prior to the exam.


Elastography

As the scar tissue accumulates, the liver loses some of its elasticity and becomes stiffer. Liver elastography involves the use of a surface ultrasound probe that delivers a low frequency pulse or shear wave to a small volume of liver tissue under the rib cage. The transmission of the sound wave is completely painless.

Exam preparation requires nothing to eat or drink for 3-4 hours prior to the exam.

Exam time is about 15-20 minutes.


Orthopedic/Musculoskeletal ultrasound

  • Rotator Cuff
  • Bicep Tendon
  • Achilles Tendon
  • Plantar Fasciitis

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.


What do I do before my exam?

Please arrive 15 minutes before your ultrasound.

If you are having an Abdominal Ultrasound please do not eat or drink 6-8 hours before your exam.

Medications may be taken with water

If you are having a Pelvic Ultrasound, and under the age of 18, please come in with a full bladder

If you are having a Pelvic Ultrasound, and over the age of 18, you do not need a full bladder


What Can I Expect During my Exam?

Upon your check in, you will be greeted by the ultrasound technologist also known as a sonographer. You will be brought into the Ultrasound room. During the exam, the application of a clear gel and the use of a handheld wand, called a transducer will be moved over the area being examined. You may be asked to hold your breath or even to turn on your side during the exam.

The average Ultrasound exam takes about 30 - 45 minutes. You should expect to be in our department for about 1 hour.


What Can I Expect After my Exam?

You have no restrictions after having your Ultrasound and can go about your normal daily activities.

Patients having procedures will be given written post care instructions.


What about my exam results?

The Ultrasound staff are not physicians, and policy prevents us from giving you your exam results until the exam has been reviewed by a Radiologist. Your doctor’s office will receive your exam results within 24 - 48 hours after your exam. Please follow up with your ordering provider for exam results.

Some offices request same day appointments and will receive your results upon completion of your exam. Your doctor’s office may want us to give you additional instructions before you leave the ultrasound department.


How do I get a copy of my exam and report?



I have a question about my bill?

If you have any questions on your bill, outstanding balances or would like to discuss payment options please call:
Patient Financial Services/Customer Service
Monday through Friday
8am-8pm
1-844-835-4950


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