How Does an Ultrasound Work?

Ultrasound (also known as sonography) uses safe, painless, non-invasive sound waves to create images (scans) of a person’s internal structures without radiation. Radiologists commonly use ultrasound scans to help diagnose the cause of pain, infection or swelling in soft tissues including a person’s abdominal and pelvic organs, muscles and tendons, and heart and blood vessels, and to study a developing fetus (unborn baby).  Our Radiologists also use ultrasound for pain management injections and to guide needle biopsies.

At Lake Medical Imaging, our ultrasound machines are leading-edge and produce high-definition images.   Each ultrasound scanner is made up of a control panel, a monitor on which images are displayed, and a probe which resembles a small wand or paint roller.

Before placing the probe on a patient’s body, the ultrasound technician will apply a water-based gel to the area to be scanned. This gel allows the sound waves from the wand to transfer more effectively  to create the clearest-possible image.

The probe is then moved back and forth over the area of the body to be scanned, sending sound waves into the underlying tissues. The sound waves are then reflected back to the wand at varying speeds depending on the type of tissue.

Though the scan happens in real-time, images can be printed or saved digitally as a permanent record.

If your doctor has recently suggested you receive an ultrasound, Lake Medical Imaging is the outpatient solution you can trust. Our facilities and our expert staff are accredited by the American College of Radiology, and we were the first freestanding imaging center in Florida to be named a prestigious Diagnostic Imaging Center of Excellence. To learn more or to schedule an appointment at one of our five facilities in The Villages® and Leesburg, call us today at (352) 365-0777.