Ultrasound (Sonography) Services

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Our facilities have voluntarily undergone the American College of Radiology Ultrasound Accreditation process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards of care.

RIA employs only sonographers that have undergone formal training and are registered by national credentialing organizations or registry eligible.

Preparing for your ultrasound What is an ultrasound?
Pregnancy/OB ultrasound Breast ultrasound
Doppler/vascular ultrasound Types of exams offered

Preparing for your ultrasound

View Patient Prep Info for Ultrasounds

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You will need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure. You can view specific ultrasound prep info such as:

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound (diagnostic sonography) is a safe, non-invasive and usually pain-free medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to visualize internal body structures including tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. Since ultrasound images are captured in real time, in addition to structure, they show movement as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ionizing radiation is not used in ultrasound, which makes it a safe alternative for imaging pregnant women.

Ultrasound Exams Offered at Radiology Imaging Associates

  • 3D/4D Ultrasound
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Pregnancy Ultrasound
  • Thyroid Ultrasound
  • Abdomen Ultrasound
  • Transabdominal Ultrasound
  • Transvaginal Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Renal Ultrasound
  • Prostate Ultrasound
  • Testicular Ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Hysterosonsonogram
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • S.T. Neck (Soft Tissue) Ultrasound
  • Retroperitoneal
  • Cartoid Duplex
  • Venous/Arterial Duplex/Doppler
  • Scrotum Ultrasound
  • Extremity Non-Vascular/Vascular
  • OB/Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Nuchal Translucency (NT)
  • Biophysical Profile 

2D/3D/4D Dimensional Imaging

The ultrasound image typically represents tissue in shades of gray in two- dimensions, 2D. Recently, 3D and 4D techniques have been developed and these images can be shaded in colors to highlight various tissues

 

Pregnancy/Obstetric Ultrasound

Commonly used to evaluate the fetus and reproductive organs during pregnancy.

Nuchal translucency imaging may be utilized in in conjunction with maternal blood testing to assess risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

Keepsake Pregnancy Pictures

3D/4D imaging is frequently used to image the fetus during obstetrical sonography and we understand how important these first baby pictures are to parents. Depending on the stage in pregnancy and the cooperation of the baby to "pose" or turn for the sonographer, these images can provide stunning portraits.

RIA is please to provide these pictures as part of diagnostic ultrasound ordered by a physician, but in keeping with professional standards cannot provide "keepsake" imaging without an order. Although there is no evidence ultrasound could be harmful for the fetus, the US FDA views "keepsake fetal videos" to be an unapproved use of a medical device.

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging of the breast is used to visualize the internal structures of the breast. It is an effective tool for differentiating solid from cystic tissue, to assess breast implants or to image palpable lumps.

Sometimes Doppler is utilized to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in a breast mass, which can provide additional information for evaluation the cause of the mass.

Breast ultrasound is often the initial imaging technique for evaluating palpable breast masses in women who have not reached the age or 35 and not started routine mammography screening.

RIA utilizes specialized transducers for greater breast imaging resolution.

Doppler/Vascular Testing

Doppler is a specialized ultrasound study that examines blood vessels for narrowing, blockages and venous malformation. Doppler ultrasound may be useful to differentiate vascular from non-vascular structures in any location.

Locations that offer ultrasound exams

Pembrooke - Waldorf, MD
Heritage - Clinton, MD
Patuxent - Prince Frederick, MD
Sterling, VA
Lansdowne, VA

For more information on this and other radiology procedures, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org