Ultrasound

Background

The Ultrasound Departments of Windsong Radiology Group are fully accredited by the ACR (American College of Radiology) in general, breast, and vascular ultrasound.  This distinction was the first awarded to a private facility in all of WNY. The Ultrasound Department at Windsong Radiology Group consists of the most highly trained and certified technologists registered with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography.  Our Board Certified radiologists are available to give immediate results at the conclusion of your exam. (Please note: some referring physicians prefer us not to offer this service.) The Ultrasound Department is extremely accommodating for patients requiring emergency, same day appointments, and add-ons. Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a useful method for examining many of the body’s internal organs including the liver, thyroid, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and certain blood vessels utilizing high frequency sound waves. Ultrasonography is one of the most widely used diagnostic tools that can assist doctors with making recommendations for further treatment. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see things such as blood flow and organ motion. 3D & 4D ultrasound technology also offers incredible imaging capabilities for fetal obstetric and gynecological imaging.  No ionizing radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging. Windsong Radiology Group’s Ultrasound Department also specializes in MSK (Musculo-skeletal) imaging of muscle and tendons. MSK ultrasound is very helpful for diagnosing sports-related injuries as well as injuries and conditions related to Rheumatology and Podiatry. More information is available below.  

General & Specialty Ultrasound Examinations

Abdominal Pelvic/Transvaginal
Aorta Pregnancy
Breast Renal
Breast Core Biopsy Scrotal
Dopplers: Venous and Carotid Sonohydrohysterogram
Follicle Studies Thyroid
MSK (Musculo-Skeletal) Thyroid Biopsy (Fine Needle Aspiration)

 

Exam Preparations

Abdominal Ultrasound (including gallbladder, kidneys, pancreas, aorta, liver and spleen) Nothing to eat or drink 8-10 hours prior to exam. We try to schedule these early in the morning. Coffee and tea are available in our lobby upon completion of your exam. Please advise us if you are a diabetic.

Pelvic Ultrasound

Unless your physician requests otherwise, there is no preparation for this exam. All pelvic exams are performed with high resolution endovaginal/transvaginal transducers. In the event a “full bladder” pelvic sonogram is requested, you need to finish one quart or 32 ounces of water one (1) hour before your exam. Please, DO NOT urinate prior to your exam!

Follicle Studies, Pregnancy, Thyroid, Scrotal, Breast and Dopplers

No preparation required.  

Specialty Exams and Preparations

Thyroid Fine Needle Aspiration/Biopsy

Under guidance of ultrasound, a needle is introduced into a specific thyroid nodule to withdraw cells that are sent to a laboratory for evaluation.

 

Ultrasound-Guided Breast Core Biopsy

Under guidance of ultrasound, a needle is introduced into a specific breast lump/nodule to withdraw tissue that is sent to a laboratory for evaluation.

 

 

Sonohydrohysterography

This procedure is indicated for evaluation of abnormal bleeding, abnormal endometrial biopsy or abnormally thickened endometrial lining noted on a previous sonogram. A speculum is placed in the vagina and a small catheter is inserted through the cervix. After a small amount of saline is injected through the catheter, endovaginal images of the endometrium are produced. Premenopausal patients are scanned optimally on day 8-12 of their cycle or when the patient is not bleeding, if possible.

General Aspirations of Fluid Collections

Under guidance of ultrasound, a needle is introduced into a specific fluid collection to withdraw fluid for either a therapeutic or diagnostic purpose, as predetermined by your referring physician. There is no preparation required for this exam.

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