Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image of soft tissue, which can’t be visualized through X-ray. This allows healthcare providers to look at tendons, muscles and soft tissues throughout the body in great detail.
Ultrasound is used in many indications:
There are no known risks; ultrasound is very safe.
Unlike some tests, ultrasound appointments don’t usually require preparation. For certain tests, you may be asked to refrain from eating and drinking before the test. For pregnancy ultrasounds, you may be asked to arrive with a full bladder.
Ultrasound technicians are qualified to conduct the ultrasound, but not to analyze the findings or discuss the results with you. For this reason, the ultrasound technician will always tell you that he or she cannot share results; this isn’t a cause for alarm. The ultrasound must be read by a radiologist, who will share his or her findings with your family medicine provider. Once your provider receives the results, they’ll share them with you. In some cases, additional testing may be required to either confirm or rule out a diagnosis.
In most cases, yes. Insurance companies generally cover medically necessary ultrasounds. However, every insurance policy is unique, so it’s important that you review the details of your plan in advance.
Yes. If you need an ultrasound, both your appointment and ultrasound can be completed at Van Nuys Urgent Care Family Medicine. In some cases, you may have to return on another day for your ultrasound due to scheduling restraints or preparation instructions (i.e. fasting before the ultrasound).
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