Services at Banner Estrella Medical Center  

Ultrasound

 

maternity services at Banner Estrella

To schedule an ultrasound
at Banner Estrella,
please call
(480) 684-7500.

Ultrasounds or sonograms image organs using sound waves instead of radiation to see inside the body. These tests are usually not painful.

While the patient is lying down, a gel is applied to the skin and a transducer, or "probe", is placed against the skin on the gel and slowly moved around. 

Sound waves are transmitted and received by the probe, and digital images are stored for analysis. In most cases, ultrasound exams take approximately 30 to 60 minutes to perform. A radiologist will interpret the images and a report will be sent to your physician. 

What are some common procedures?

Abdominal Ultrasounds
Abdominal ultrasound images of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, bile ducts, kidneys, spleen and aorta. When having this procedure done, patients must fast between six and eight hours prior to their appointment.

Obstetrical ultrasounds
Obstetrical ultrasound provides images of the pregnant uterus, including fetal anatomy, heart rate of fetus, placenta, and amniotic fluid. When having this procedure done, patients need to have a full bladder, either by drinking water or by a catheter inserted into bladder.

Pelvic ultrasounds
Pelvic ultrasound provides images of the uterus and ovaries. When having this procedure done, patients need to have a full bladder, either by drinking water or by a catheter inserted into bladder.

Vascular Ultrasound
Carotid Duplex Ultrasound, Venous and Arterial Duplex Ultrasound. Doppler ultrasounds produce color images of arteries and veins in the neck, arms or legs. The Doppler can be noisy.

Thoracentesis / Paracentesis ultrasounds
The Radiologist inserts a catheter into a fluid pocket to drain fluid with guidance from an ultrasound technologist and nurse. A numbing medication is given first by the radiologist to make the procedure more comfortable. When having this procedure done, patients can have clear liquids only prior to the exam.

Biopsy Procedures
The radiologist inserts a needle into the area of concern for the biopsy. A numbing medication is given first by the radiologist to make the procedure more comfortable. When having this procedure done, patients can have clear liquids only prior to the exam.

Banner Estrella Medical Center
9201 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85037
(623) 327-4000
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