Programs & Services at Sterling Regional MedCenter  

3D/4D Ultrasound

Ultrasound

 

 

Sterling Regional MedCenter provides the latest in ultrasound imaging technology with 3D/4D ultrasound capabilities.

What is 4D or real-time 3D ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce moving images of the body's internal soft tissue structures.  Because it can be used in the most delicate conditions without major side effects, ultrasound has become one of the most popular diagnostic methods among patients and physicians.

How Does it Work?
Ultrasound works like sonar and "fish finders". Sound waves are transmitted into the body and echoes off the various organs in the body, making a crossectional picture. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation.

During an exam a small amount of ultrasound gel is placed on the body, then an ultrasound probe or transducer would be used to look at the areas of interest.  Ultrasound cannot be felt although you will feel the pressure of the probe.

Uses and Strengths of 3D/4D ultrasound
The new 3D/4D imaging technology allows the monitoring of pregnancy.  Patients are able to view the fetus and internal organs as if they were being held in the hands. 

Ultrasound does not go through bone or air so it is not suitable for imaging the lung or bones stomach or bowel. Since ultrasound does not use X-ray it is very useful for imaging babies before they are born.

Our machines also have Color Flow Doppler, which allows us to see blood moving. In this mode  we can image vessels of the extremities and neck and abdomen looking for clots or stenosis.

4D ultrasounds are available only with the request of a Physician.
Equipment
The state-of-the-art 3D/4D system delivers revolutionary performance with the latest breakthroughs in high-definition imaging and diagnostic capability.  All systems are connected to our FUJI PACS system, which allows physicians to view the images on their office computers. This reduces delays getting images to the referring physicians.

Breast Ultrasounds

  • Breast Ultrasound:  Uses reflected sound waves to view and produce a picture of the internal structures of the breast.  It shows all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall.  Breast ultrasound does not use X-rays.  An ultrasound generally does not replace the need for a mammogram; however, it is often used to further evaluate a problem seen on a mammogram.
  • Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy:  A minimally invasive approach to analyze breast nodules, masses and lesions.  The ultrasound guides the radiologist in obtaining tissue samples.  A local anesthetic is used.  This procedure is a more conservative and cost effective alternative to surgical biopsy.

To Schedule an Appointment
Ultrasound appointments are made through Sterling Regional MedCenter Scheduling department, please call 970-521-3146.

Preparing for your exam

  • Abdomen:  Prep
  • Aorta:  Prep
  • Heart Stress Test (Echocardiogram):  Prep 
  • OB: Prep
  • Pelvic: Prep 
  • Renal:  Prep
  • Breast:  No Prep 
  • Carotid Doppler:  No Prep
  • Pediatric:  No Prep 
  • Venous Doppler:  No Prep
  • Always take your medication before an ultrasound exam- Except for abdominal.

Equipment
The state-of-the-art 3D/4D system delivers revolutionary performance with the latest breakthroughs in high-definition imaging and diagnostic capability.  All systems are connected to our FUJI PACS system, which allows physicians to view the images on their office computers. This reduces delays getting images to the referring physicians.

Sterling Regional MedCenter
615 Fairhurst St.
Sterling, CO 80751
(970) 522-0122
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