Ultrasound (sonography) is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to provide images of soft tissue and internal organs without the use of radiation.
WVU Medicine Imaging Services uses the most advanced equipment in the industry to perform 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging, conducting about 20,000 exams a year for a wide range of conditions including pediatric, breast, high-risk obstetrics, and vascular issues.
WVU Medicine is recognized for the highest level of image quality and patient safety by the American College of Radiology in ultrasound. Our caring, knowledgeable, and experienced technologists are all board and state certified experts in their fields.
Imaging We Offer
WVU Medicine Imaging Services uses ultrasound to help diagnose and guide treatment for many medical issues. We perform several types of ultrasound exams, including:
- Fetal assessments
- Uterus and ovaries (transvaginal)
- Neonatal head
- Pyloric stenosis
What to Expect
An external ultrasound uses a small probe called a transducer that is place on the skin along with a gel-like substance. The image from the probe is displayed on a monitor while the scan is performed. Some ultrasounds, like pelvic or vaginal, require a small probe to be inserted into the body. Most ultrasounds last only a few minutes while others may take about 15 to 45 minutes, depending on the part of the body being examined.
Once your ultrasound is complete, the images will be reviewed by a board-certified radiologist. Your doctor will receive an electronic copy of the imaging report and notify you with the results. To communicate easily and securely with your WVU Medicine provider, sign up for our free patient portal, MyWVUChart.