Ultrasound Services

Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

Ultrasound exams are safe and non-invasive, and do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray).

Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is usually a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Conventional ultrasound displays the images in thin, flat sections of the body. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.

Ultrasound is used to help physicians diagnose symptoms such as: 

  • Pain 
  • Swelling 
  • Infection

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the:

  • Heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches 
  • Abdomen
    • Liver 
    • Gallbladder 
    • Spleen 
    • Pancreas 
    • Kidneys 
    • Bladder 
  • Uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients 
  • Eyes 
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands 
  • Scrotum (testicles)

Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate: 

  • Blockages to blood flow (such as clots) 
  • Narrowing of vessels (which may be caused by plaque) 
  • Tumors and congenital malformation

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Wake Forest Baptist Imaging

Phone 336-765-5722
Fax 336-765-5723
Billing 866-591-5559

265 Executive Park
Winston-Salem, NC 27103
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