An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging method that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body. At Hillcroft Physicians P.A., we offer our patients regular diagnostic, vascular, and pregnancy ultrasounds.

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There are three main categories of ultrasound: diagnostic, vascular, and pregnancy. Diagnostic ultrasounds can be used to diagnose and detect problems within your body’s structure or organs and show your body parts in motion. Vascular ultrasounds identify any issues with blockage in arteries or veins as well as detect blood clots. On the other hand, a pregnancy ultrasound examines an unborn baby.

Hillcroft completes a screening ultrasound after diagnosing a woman is pregnant, to check if the fetus is there and/or appears to be healthy. We then refer our patients out to an obstetrician for prenatal care. We do not see patients for any complications with pregnancy since we are not obstetricians, and we do not provide prenatal care.

Our ultrasound technician will apply a special lubricating jelly to the skin in order to rub an ultrasound transducer on your skin without friction. Depending on the examined area, our doctors may ask you to switch positions to offer better access to the technicians. The procedure will last only 30 minutes, and then you’re free to continue with your regularly scheduled activities.

Possible reasons you may need an ultrasound include:

  • Blood Flow Evaluation
  • Stomach Pain
  • Tumors
  • Liver Disease
  • Pregnancy
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Health Tips & Info

How should I prepare for an ultrasound?
In preparation for your ultrasound exam, we recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing because you’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown. Depending on the ultrasound, our doctors may advise you to avoid food or drinks for a period of time.
Are ultrasounds safe?
Yes. An ultrasound has no known risks.
Why do women need to have pregnancy ultrasounds?
Pregnancy ultrasounds are very important because they allow parents to see their baby and how they are developing, from organ functions to the baby’s position for birth. Women will typically have about 2 ultrasounds throughout their pregnancy.