The latest scanning technology for general and OB studies is available at all facilities. Physicians are able to monitor examinations in progress through a bank of monitors stationed in the physician's interpretation room.

Diagnostic ultrasound uses safe high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the body's internal organs. Ultrasound pictures are saved in the patient's permanent record. Our radiologists study these images and send the results to your doctor.

The advantages of ultrasound include:

  • No x-rays (no radiation exposure)
  • No needles are used except when the patient is having a procedure such as a biopsy
  • No shots or IV needed
  • No known health risks or side effects

Swedish offers the following ultrasound exams at our facilities:

Possible complications

There are no special precautions, warnings or contraindications for ultrasound examinations.

What to expect prior to your exam

For an ultrasound of the abdomen, the patient should not eat or drink for eight hours prior to the examination. However, they should continue to take prescribed medications with small sips of water. Diabetic patients should schedule their exam in the morning; being sure to skip breakfast.

For pelvic, first trimester OB or kidney ultrasound, a full bladder is necessary. Please complete drinking fluids one hour prior to your exam time. Do not use the rest room until the sonographer asks you to do so.

What to expect the day of your exam

  • Please wear loose and comfortable clothing that will be easy to put on and take off. Please leave valuables at home.
  • A receptionist will register you and ask you to sign a hospital consent form. Copies of your photo ID and insurance cards will be made.
  • You will be escorted to the ultrasound department by your sonographer.
  • You may be asked to change into a patient gown which we provide for your exam.
  • The sonographer may ask additional questions about symptoms.
  • A warm clear gel will be applied to the skin which works with the ultrasound probe. The gel will not stain skin or clothing and will be removed with a warm wet towel after the exam.

How long will it take?

The duration of the exam ranges from 45 minutes to 1 hour with some taking 5 hours, depending on the type of exam your doctor has requested. Detailed OB exams take 90 minutes and biopsy procedures require to you check in 2 hours ahead of the procedure time. Biopsy procedures require 90 minutes of  procedure time and 90 minutes of recovery time. The total time you will be at the health care facility is 45 minutes to 5 hours.

Exam Results

A board certified radiologist will interpret your images and create a report for your doctor. Swedish utilizes PACS and EPIC. All images are digitally archived to your electronic medical record. Same day test results are available due to innovative voice recognition technology. Reports are sent by internet, fax or electronic record to your doctor. Please call your doctor for results.

Ultrasound Locations and Outpatient Appointment Times:

ACR Accreditation

Additionally, all of our imaging departments are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) in recognition of their demonstration of and commitment to quality diagnostic imaging. Each of the imaging modalities goes through a rigorous testing process every three years to validate this commitment and renew their accreditation. Along with that, we complete daily and monthly checks to ensure compliance with our quality standards. The ACR is the "Gold Standard" for quality in the imaging world.