An ultrasound procedure is a non-invasive (the skin is not pierced) diagnostic procedure used to assess soft tissue structures such as muscles, blood vessels and organs.

Ultrasound uses a transducer that sends out ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard. When the transducer is placed at certain locations and angles, the ultrasonic sound waves move through the skin and other body tissues to the organs and structures within. The sound waves bounce off the organs like an echo and return to the transducer. The transducer picks up the reflected waves, which are then converted by a computer into an electronic picture of the organs or tissues under study.

Conditions diagnosed and treated with ultrasound

Women's Health and Pregnancy
  • Tears or bleeding of the placenta
  • Breech pregnancy
  • Endometriosis or endometrial cancer
  • Ovarian disease (cysts, cancer)
  • Pelvic floor disorders 
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Uterine cancer 
  • Breast cancer - Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital provides ultrasounds for uninsured and underinsured women of southwest Iowa with generous funds provided the Iowa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Urinary and Kidney Conditions
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary stones


Other Conditions

  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Guidance for interventional procedures


Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital Imaging
933 E. Pierce St.
Council Bluffs, IA 51503