Medical sonography is an ultrasound-based medical imaging technique used to visualize muscles, tendons, and internal organs, to capture their size, structure and any pathological deformities in real time. There are also Doppler ultrasound studies that use a special technique to allow the technologist to see and evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins. Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that would not show up well on a standard x-ray. Midland Memorial Hospital offers these exams at the main hospital, Diagnostic Imaging Associates, and Diagnostic Imaging Associated Legends Park. Most procedures will take 30-45 minutes to complete, and do not restrict your activities following the scan.

What can I expect during the exam?

Before your exam, you may be asked to change into a gown, and you will most likely be lying down on a table with the area to be examined left exposed. A registered ultrasound technologist will apply a special lubricating jelly to your skin. This prevents friction to reduce discomfort when the technologist moves the transducer across your skin. Depending on the area being examined, you may be asked to reposition so the technologist can obtain a better image.

Will I be exposed to radiation?

Properly performed ultrasound examinations poses no known risks to the patient, as sonography does not use ionizing radiation.

How do I prepare for the exam?

If any special preparation is required for your examination, your provider’s office or the Midland Memorial Hospital scheduling department will inform you upon scheduling the exam. If you still have questions, please call 432.221.2300. 

How will I know the results?

Following your exam, a radiologist will analyze and interpret the data from your exam and prepare a full report. The report will be sent directly to your physician who will share the results with you. To request a copy of the report, you may contact your physician's office or the Medical Records Department at (432) 221-1600.

How do I schedule an appointment?

Your physician's office will provide you with the necessary referral and will either contact Midland Memorial Radiology scheduling or may have you call and make the arrangements. To schedule an appointment, you may contact us at 432.221.2300

What do I need to bring with me the day of the exam?

You will need to bring the order your physician gave you, a form of personal identification and any insurance or Medicare information. If you are taking any medications, please print and complete the second page of the Pocket Medication Card and bring the list with you. Please do not bring the medications. This will help expedite your visit and reduce the possibility of losing any of your medications.