Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital > Services & Departments > Diagnostic Imaging/Radiology > Ultrasound
Powerful Imaging Technology to Find, Treat and Heal
Susan B. Allen’s Diagnostic Imaging department is proud to offer the Siemens Acuson S2000 ultrasound system to patients throughout the area. The Acuson S2000 offers comprehensive, unprecedented image quality in multiple modalities including OB/Gyn, cardiac, breast, and vascular imaging and provides 2D, 3D, 4D (motion), and Doppler capabilities.
An ultrasound procedure is a noninvasive (the skin is not pierced) diagnostic procedure used to assess soft tissue structures such as muscles, blood vessels, and organs.
Ultrasound 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.
Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function (in "real time," like a live TV broadcast), and to assess blood flow through various vessels. Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine many parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, female pelvis, prostate, scrotum, thyroid and parathyroid glands, and the vascular system. During pregnancy, ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the development of the fetus.
For more information about ultrasound services, or other diagnostic imaging services offered at Susan B. Allen, please call 316.322.4510.