Diagnostic Ultrasound

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses reflected sound waves to display high-quality images from inside the body. At Sioux Center Health we offer OBGYN, abdominal, breast, testicular, thyroid, soft tissue, and certain vascular ultrasounds. Ultrasound does not use radiation and has no documented risks associated with it.

How do I prepare for the exam?

Preparation varies depending on the type of ultrasound you are having. Some exams have no prep while others may require you to fast or have a full bladder. You will be given specific instructions when you are scheduled for your ultrasound. If you have any questions, please call our Diagnostic Imaging Department at (712) 722-8116.

Where do I go for my ultrasound exam?

Please enter through the main (east) entrance of Sioux Center Health. Stop at the Patient Registration area to register for your appointment. Once you are registered, you will be directed to the Radiology waiting area.

What should I expect to happen during the ultrasound?

Your ultrasound will be performed by a registered sonographer; a professional trained to acquire high-quality ultrasound images. The sonographer will guide you from the waiting area to the ultrasound room. They will explain the procedure to you and are happy to answer any questions. You will be asked to lie down on an exam table. Warm gel will be applied to the area being evaluated and a transducer (a small device that produces and receives the sound waves) will be moved over the area of interest. You may be asked to change positions or hold your breath in order to obtain the best quality images. After the exam is completed, the gel is wiped off the skin. Exams usually last anywhere from 30-60 minutes.

How will I receive results?

Your images will be interpreted by one of our radiologists (doctors who specialize in diagnostic imaging). Their report will be available to the providers who ordered your exam. The sonographer is not a doctor and therefore is unable to discuss any results with you. You may receive a phone call from your physician’s office or have a follow-up appointment to discuss the results. If you are unsure of how you will receive your results or have any questions, please contact your physician’s office.