Westfield Imaging Center - Summit Radiological Associates, P.A. Enhancing the Health of Our Patients
Ultrasound FAQs
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless diagnostic test that acquires images of the internal organs by using high-frequency sound waves. There is no radiation exposure in ultrasound imaging.

What can I expect?
When you arrive at Westfield Imaging Center, our front desk staff will register you and help you with your paperwork. You will be called for your exam by the technologist as you relax in our waiting room. The technologist will bring you into the exam room and show you where to leave your belongings. The technologist will take you into the comfortable ultrasound suite.

Is the exam safe?
Ultrasound is extremely safe. There is no injection. There is no radiation exposure.

How should I prepare for my exam?
Some of our ultrasound exams require special preparation. Please refer to our sonography prep section on the web site.

Why does my bladder need to be full for pelvic ultrasound?
A full bladder allows the uterus and ovaries to be visualized. If the bladder is not full, the study is often not adequate, and may need to be repeated.

Why perform both transabdominal and transvaginal scans of the pelvis?
The transabdominal study gives an overview of the pelvis. The transvaginal study gives close up details about the uterus and ovaries. The two studies are complimentary and are almost always performed together.

Why do I need to fast for abdominal sonograms?
Fasting is required for abdominal ultrasounds because it allows us to better image the gallbladder. The gallbladder contracts every time you eat. A contracted gallbladder may hide gallstones.

How long will I be in the exam room?
Your ultrasound exam will take from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of study.

When will I know the results?
Once your exam is complete, a Board Certified radiologist at Westfield Imaging Center will review the images. The radiologist will interpret the sonogram and provide a report to your doctor within 24 to 48 hours. Emergency or STAT reports are called to your doctor following completion of your examination.

If you have any additional questions, please call us or your doctor.