Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves in the assessment of body structures. A gel is applied to the skin over the area to be scanned. An ultrasound transducer is then pressed onto the skin. It produces sound waves and “reads” the echo produced in the body. The echo is processed by a computer into detailed images. This procedure is most commonly used for abdominal, pelvic and obstetrical evaluation. Other uses can include the assessment of vascular structures, such as veins and arteries, or superficial soft tissue abnormalities. Ultrasound procedures are performed by qualified Ultrasound technologists. This procedure uses no radiation. Additionally, to enhance our obstetrical evaluations, partners or significant others are now permitted to accompany expecting mothers for the entire duration of the exam.
Lastly, please remember to bring your Alberta Health Care card, Photo ID, and most importantly, the requisition from your family doctor or practitioner to your appointment. Requisitions are crucial as they help us take the best possible images for diagnosis. Therefore, any exam may be deferred if you are missing a requisition from your doctor.