An ultrasound is used to produce images of the body’s organs or blood flow, with high-frequency sound waves. At Longhorn Imaging in Austin and Central Texas, our highly trained team uses the most advanced ultrasound technology to reveal these important images in real time. Moreover, since this type of technology relies on sound waves, there is no exposure to radiation. An ultrasound can be helpful for a number of conditions, including detecting tumors, determining how far along a pregnancy is, examining the size and position of a developing baby, and inspecting the reproductive and abdominal organs.

If you need an ultrasound, our imaging specialists can provide the compassionate and skilled care you deserve to obtain the results you need. We will answer any questions you may have throughout the process and address your concerns, so you can have total clarity on what to expect when you visit our office. Call us today to schedule a consultation at any of our imaging centers in Marble Falls, Onion Creek, or Bastrop.

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The benefits of an ultrasound

Ultrasound tests can provide a wide range of benefits. Compared to other tests that need to utilize substances that act as contrast agents, an ultrasound does not require administering contrast chemicals to emphasize any areas within the body. Given that many people are allergic to some of these substances, not having to use them in an ultrasound helps ensure patient safety. Other benefits of an ultrasound include:

  • No downtime to recover
  • The process is painless and quick
  • It is easy to operate
  • Provides clear, real-time images
  • Is used for many types of medical conditions and cases
  • It is a very safe procedure with no harmful side effects

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How does an ultrasound work?

To perform an ultrasound, a device will pass over the area of the body that needs to be examined. A thin layer of gel must be applied to the area, so that the ultrasound waves can be transmitted. The images are created when the device converts electrical current into soundwaves, which are then sent to the body’s tissue. 

Additionally, there is more than one type of ultrasound, which your doctor will choose based on your needs. These are the main types of ultrasounds available:

  • Prenatal ultrasound
  • An ultrasound that is used to guide procedures
  • Diagnostic ultrasound (including breast ultrasound, thyroid ultrasound, kidney ultrasound, and more)

Generally, ultrasounds take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. In some cases, a doctor may request additional scans for greater clarity regarding any concerns. Depending on the type of ultrasound you are having performed, the time you may have to wait for your results will vary, though at Longhorn Imaging, we are known for delivering fast testing results – both you and your doctor will appreciate our speed of service.

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