Ultrasound

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, sometimes called a sonogram, 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

Cancer
  • Uterine cancer 
  • Breast cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Prostate cancer
Heart & vascular
  • Heart disease (echocardiogram)
  • Aneurysm
Urinary & kidney conditions
  • Kidney disease
  • Urinary stones
Women's health & pregnancy
  • Fallopian tube obstruction
  • Tears or bleeding of the placenta
  • Breech pregnancy
  • Endometriosis or endometrial cancer
  • Ovarian disease (cysts, cancer)
  • Pelvic floor disorders
Other conditions
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia

Contact

Methodist Hospital Imaging
8303 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE 68114

402-354-4001, ext. 11