Ultrasound is part of the Saint Alphonsus Radiology Department located within the medical center at 1055 N. Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho 83706. To schedule an ultrasound exam or for questions regarding an ultrasound exam, please call 208-367-3133.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasonography, sometimes called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs and assess blood flow through various vessels.
Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine many parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, female pelvis, prostate, scrotum, thyroid and parathyroid, and the vascular system. During pregnancy, ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the development of the fetus.
Ultrasound can be performed on an outpatient basis, or as part of inpatient care. Generally, an ultrasound procedure follows this process:
- A gel-like substance is applied on the area of the body to undergo the ultrasound (the gel acts as a conductor).
- A tool called a transducer is used to send ultrasound waves through the patient's body.
The sound from the transducer is reflected off structures inside the body, and the information from the sound wave is analyzed by a computer.
- The computer then creates a picture of these structures on a television screen.
- There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients or instrument operators caused by exposures to ultrasound.
Who performs and interprets my ultrasound exam?
Sonographers (ultrasound technologists) perform the exam. These technical staff members are registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers which is an internationally-known accredited body for excellence in ultrasound.
The interpretation of the ultrasound is performed by staff radiologists.
The American College of Radiology, as well as the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, accredits the Saint Alphonsus Ultrasound Department.