At Accurate Imaging Diagnostics we provide ultrasound services to patients from Thornhill – Vaughan, and all over the Greater Toronto Area including Richmond Hill, Markham, North York, York Region and Peel.
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a method of diagnostic imaging that uses sound waves to capture real-time images of a patient’s organs, vessels, and/or tissues. These images provide information about your health condition, which is not visible to the naked eye, to guide your family physician on an appropriate treatment plant for you. Ultrasound is a safe and effective imaging method where there is no radiation involved, no known health risks, and is a pain-free procedure.
Ultrasound involves a transducer head that sends out high-frequency ultrasound waves. The frequency is so high that the sound of these waves cannot be heard. The ultrasound transducer is coated with gel, placed on the skin and moved around the area of interest. The ultrasound waves will reflect off the organs and return to the transducer head. The transducer processes the reflected waves, which are then converted by a computer into an image of the organs or tissues being examined.
Types of Ultrasound Services We Offer:
How to prepare for an ultrasound?
Your preparation for an ultrasound will depend on the area of your body or organ that is being examined. Please follow the instructions given to you prior to your procedure.
Please attend your appointment 15 to 20 minutes early so that you have plenty of time to register and ask any questions you may have. Please bring your health card and referral form with you. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown, depending on the type of exam you are having. Avoid wearing jewelry to your appointment, as you may be asked to remove it for the procedure.
No preparation is required for the following procedures:
• Musculoskeletal ultrasound
• Thyroid ultrasound
• Transvaginal ultrasound (no pelvic exam)
• Breast ultrasound
ABDOMEN — this includes studies of the Gall Bladder, Pancreas, Spleen, Liver, Kidneys, and Aorta We require that you have an empty stomach for this exam. Do not eat or drink for 8/12 hours prior to your procedure.
PROSTATE/TRANSRECTAL –Drink 1 litre of water (four 8 oz glasses) one hour before your exam time. Do not use the washroom in that hour, as the exam requires that you have a full bladder.
PELVIS AND OBSTETRICAL –Drink 1 litre of water (four 8 oz glasses) one hour before your exam time. Do not use the washroom in that hour, as the exam requires that you have a full bladder. You may eat normally.
How is ultrasound performed?
You will be asked to lay on a table and expose the area of your body that is to be examined. The ultrasound technician will then apply a lubricated gel to your skin and use an ultrasound probe to capture a real-time image of the organ or tissue being assessed using sound waves. Depending on the area being examined, you may be asked to change positions in order to give the technician better access. This process is quick and completely painless.