1st Choice Urgent Care

Urgent Care located in Bakersfield, CA

Do you have an ache in your midsection that just won’t go away and you’re not sure what’s causing it? The medical experts at 1st Choice Urgent Care in Bakersfield, California, can diagnose the issue with an ultrasound. If you’re concerned about a nagging pain, call to schedule a consultation or book one online today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the inside of your body. Ultrasounds are most commonly associated with pregnancy, although they have other medical applications as well, particularly in the diagnosis of internal injuries or conditions.

Why is an ultrasound performed?

Your 1st Choice Urgent Care provider may perform an ultrasound for a variety of reasons. The most common use of ultrasound testing is to observe the development of an unborn child. Ultrasound tests also help identify problems such as congenital disabilities.

Ultrasounds also help your provider monitor certain internal structures in your body for signs of swelling or infection, including your:

  • Liver
  • Bladder
  • Heart
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Blood vessels

Ultrasounds are also a visualization tool for your doctor in performing certain operations, such as a biopsy.

How is an ultrasound performed?

During your ultrasound, you change into a hospital gown and lie down on a medical table. Your provider applies a lubricating gel to the area of your body receiving the scan. This gel helps the ultrasound transducer transmit sound waves into your body.

Your provider moves the transducer across the area they’re examining, and the transducer produces sound waves that bounce off structures inside your body, creating echoes that are translated into images.

The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes.

How should I prepare for an ultrasound?

Your 1st Choice Urgent Care provider will provide instructions to help you prepare for the exam. Preparation may vary depending on which area of your body they are examining. If you’re receiving an abdomen or stomach ultrasound, your provider may ask that you fast for up to 12 hours before the exam.

Discuss any medications or drugs you are taking with your provider before your ultrasound; some medications may interfere with your results.

Is an ultrasound safe?

An ultrasound is perfectly safe. Unlike other types of imaging scans such as an X-ray, ultrasounds do not use any radiation.
If you have recurring internal pain and you aren’t sure why, call 1st Choice Urgent Care to schedule your consultation or book one online today.