Ultrasound – A non-invasive, safe look into the human body
Derry Imaging provides its patients access to all the ultrasound technologies available today. Always on the cutting edge, our investment in the latest imaging services demonstrates Derry Imaging’s commitment to our patients. We offer ultrasound imaging at our Derry, Windham and Bedford locations.
State-of-the-Art Ultrasound Technology
3-D & 4-D Ultrasound imaging has been available at Derry Imaging since 2004. 3-D ultrasound technology produces three-dimensional images that look amazingly life like. An example of a 3-D ultrasound image of a fetus can be found in the Ultrasound section of our body map. 4-D ultrasound imaging, also known as dynamic 3-D ultrasound, shows the image actually moving in real time.
Real-life applications of 3-D ultrasound have benefited unborn babies diagnosed with heart defects, cleft lip or neural tube defects such as spina bifida. The enhanced 3-D ultrasound imaging enables doctors to better visualize the abnormality, and in the case of an unborn fetus, develop plans about how the baby will be treated after birth.
What is Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound imaging uses high frequency sound waves to penetrate the body. A computer processes the returning “echoes” to create an image, similar to how a submarine uses sonar to detect objects. Ultrasound is used routinely to examine the fetus, abdominal organs, thyroid gland, the female pelvis, and blood vessels— both arteries and veins.
Common uses for ultrasound:
- Viewing an unborn fetus.
- Examining the abdomen and many of the body’s internal organs, such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, kidneys and bladder.
- Evaluating the heart (called an Echocardiogram) and blood flow within arteries and veins (called Doppler ultrasound).
- Guiding procedures such as thyroid and needle biopsies.
- Imaging the breast and guiding breast biopsies.
- Evaluating superficial structures, such as muscles and joints, the thyroid gland and testicles.
Additional ultrasound exam services available at Derry Imaging include:
- Vascular Lab
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
About the Exam
- An ultrasound study usually takes 30-40 minutes to complete.
- Ultrasound imaging can be performed safely on any patient, even pregnant women and small children.
- A sonographer, who is trained in the techniques of ultrasound imaging, performs the study. All Derry Imaging sonographers are registered and have added certification in all ultrasound specialties, such as obstetrical and breast imaging.
- All of our ultrasound studies are supervised and reviewed by a board-certified radiologist.
How do I schedule my ultrasound?
Your doctor will give you a copy of the physician order identifying the test(s) you need. Be sure to bring your physician order with you when you come for your test(s) as it contains information used by the technologist to set up your exam. Our billing department will also use this order to submit the charges to your insurance company.
Call us to schedule a convenient ultrasound appointment at (603) 537-1363.