Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to get images of the inside of the human body. An ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that can assist doctors in making recommendations for further treatment.

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Make an appointment

Call us at 205-802-6900 to schedule an appointment for an ultrasound.

What are some common uses of ultrasound?

Ultrasound is most commonly used to:

  • View an unborn fetus
  • Examine internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and ovaries
  • Examine blood flow
  • Evaluate superficial structures, such as the thyroid gland and testicles
  • Evaluate deep vein thrombosis (DVT) using lower extremity vascular ultrasound

What should I expect during this exam?

Your ultrasound exam at Brookwood Diagnostic Center will follow these steps:

  • Our technologist will position you on an exam table and apply a clear gel to the area being examined. This helps the transducer make contact with the skin.
  • The technologist will firmly press the transducer against the skin and move it back and forth to image the area.
  • After the examination is complete, the technologist may ask you to wait while the ultrasound images are reviewed by the radiologist.

What will I experience during this exam?

Most ultrasound exams are painless. However, you may experience slight discomfort and pressure as the technologist guides the transducer over your body, especially if you have a full bladder.

How should I prepare for an ultrasound?

Ultrasound images help physicians with diagnosing and treating medical conditions.

Your preparation depends upon the area of your body being examined:

  • Abdomen: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight before your scheduled appointment. Any medications may be taken with a small amount of water.
  • Abdomen/pelvis: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Empty bladder then drink 32 ounces of water one hour before your scheduled appointment. Do not use the restroom; your bladder must be full.
  • Kidney: Nothing to eat or drink after midnight. Please drink 16 ounces of water one hour before your scheduled appointment.
  • Pelvis: Please drink 32 ounces of water one hour before your scheduled appointment. Do not use the restroom; your bladder must be full.
  • OB (pregnancy): Please drink 32 ounces of water one hour before your scheduled appointment. Do not use the restroom; your bladder must be full.
  • Veins (DVT/blood clot): No prior preparation is needed.

Learn more about preparing for your visit .