Ultrasound imaging is a common diagnostic medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images (sonograms) of organs, tissues, or blood flow inside the body. All of our ultrasound examinations are performed by expertly trained and certified sonographers. The images are interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sonography can be used to examine many parts of the body, such as the abdomen, breasts, female reproductive system, prostate, heart and blood vessels, and more. In obstetrics, ultrasound technology is used to study the age, number, and location of the fetus, as well as to examine the fetus for birth defects or other potential problems. In the abdomen, it is used to detect abnormalities such as gallstones or liver disease. Heart disease can be identified through cardiac ultrasound.

The sonographer applies an odorless, colorless gel to the skin above the body structure(s) to be studied. This gel helps conduct sound waves from the ultrasound transducer down to the tissues that are the focus of the study. The sonographer applies the transducer to the skin and short pulses of ultrasound waves are emitted and received. The sonographer then electronically stores what he or she considers to be the most diagnostically useful images. One of our board certified Radiologists will interpret the images and use them to make a final diagnosis. Some Ultrasound exams require the transducer be inserted into an opening of the body, this may produce minimal discomfort. After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.

Diagnostic ultrasound is noninvasive, involves no radiation, and is relatively a painless procedure. Ultrasound offers a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on conventional x-ray images. Prenatal ultrasounds are routinely performed for the diagnosis and monitoring of pregnant women and their unborn babies.

There are no known harmful effects on humans using standard diagnostic ultrasound.

Yes, you or your physician may call (724) 250-4300 to schedule your exam.

A prescription is necessary for you to have the exam. Please remember to place the script in your wallet prior to leaving the doctors office, so it will be on your person when you arrive for the exam. If you do not have a prescription or your doctor has not sent one to the hospital, your ultrasound exam may be delayed.

WHS offers Ultrasounds at the following facilities:

WHS Washington Hospital
WHS Greene
Outpatient Center – Greene County
Outpatient Center – Neighbor Health
Medical Plaza – Peters Township
Outpatient Center – Cecil
Outpatient Center – Meadows Landing ( Women’s’ Center)

You may wear comfortable clothing for your exam. You may need to change into a hospital gown for some exams. If your examination is of the abdomen you will need to fast for 12 hours. For pelvic examinations, you may be asked to drink and finish up to 32 ounces of water one hour before your appointment time so that your bladder is full when the scan begins.

One of our board-certified radiologists will analyze the images and send a report to your primary care physician and the physician who ordered the exam. This detailed report will be sent to your physician’s office within 24–48 hours. The physician’s office will call you or the results will be reviewed at your next appointment.

Additional information about ultrasound is available from the The American College of Radiology website, located at www.acr.org.

Any questions?
Please call Washington Health System Washington Hospital Radiology Department at (724) 223-3300.

Our Ultrasound department is accredited by the American College of Radiology—all equipment and techniques used meet or exceed nationally accepted quality assurance and safety guidelines.