Fully ACR Accredited Ultrasound & Breast Ultrasound Services
Guilford Radiology is one of few local facilities fully accredited by the American College of Radiology in both General Ultrasound and Breast Ultrasound.
What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging, sometimes referred to as sonography, is a noninvasive medical procedure used to capture images in real time using sound waves rather than x rays to produce the images. They show the structure and movement of organs and blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound can be used to evaluate organs and diagnose problems in the thyroid, abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, testicles, and extremities as well as carotid, and renal arteries. We also perform obstetric, doppler, and venous ultrasounds.
Our Technicians and Ultrasound Machine
Our ultrasound machines are “digital”, meaning that we use computers to improve the quality of the images. Our knowledgeable, professional technologists will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam.
How to Prepare for an Ultrasound
Most ultrasound exams do not require any preparation prior to the exam. Wear comfortable clothing around the area to be scanned. You may also be asked to wear a gown. For abdominal ultrasounds, you will be asked to fast for 6 hours prior to the exam. For routine pelvic ultrasounds, please come to our office with a full bladder. For transvaginal pelvic ultrasounds, your bladder can be empty. For kidney exams ensure you are well hydrated. Also inform your technologist if you have any old images so they may be used for comparison.
What to expect
Our technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table and the ultrasound technician (sonographer) will place a clear gel on the area of the body to be imaged. The sonographer then presses the transducer against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. The transducer is a small hand-held device that resembles a microphone, attached to an ultrasound machine by a cord. The test is painless to perform. After the exam, the gel is wiped off and you may resume normal activities. Ultrasounds typically take 30 to 60 minutes depending on the exam performed.
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained radiologists within one day. We will provide you with a CD copy of your exam, for your personal records or to bring to your referring physician on your follow-up visit. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.
Ultrasound guided breast biopsy
We offer ultrasound guided breast biopsies right in our office and performed by our radiologists.
Ultrasound guided thyroid biopsy
We also offer ultrasound guided thyroid biopsies performed in our office by our own interventional radiology specialists.
Ultrasound - Quick Reference Guides
All our Ultrasound quick reference guides can be found in our Form & Brochure section in PDF format.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.