(Also referred to as Sonography or Sonogram)
Ultrasound is a common diagnostic procedure. High-frequency sound waves are used to "echo," or bounce, off the body to create a picture. For this exam, the sonographer applies a special gel to the skin, and a wand-like instrument (called a transducer) is positioned over it. Sound waves are generated and reflected back to the transducer as electric impulses, which produce an image on a computer screen. A radiologist will review the images and the sonographer's findings to render a report, which will be sent to your physician.
Types of Ultrasound Exams include:
- Obstetrical/Nuchal Translucency Screening
- Small Parts (thyroid, scrotal)
- Pediatric Imaging
- Biopsy & Drainage Procedures
For a detailed explanation of ultrasound exams, please visit RadiologyInfo.org
A physician's order is required for an ultrasound examination. Most procedures are covered by insurance. If you have any questions regarding co-pays/deductibles you should contact your insurance carrier.
Outpatient Ultrasound Services are located in three locations:
The South Pavilion at Lawrence General Hospital is an option for outpatient ultrasound appointments. Admitting is located in this building and you may park in the Emergency Center garage. The Pavilion offers the patient and family a comfortable waiting area and privacy in the ultrasound examination rooms. Call 978-946-8103 for any questions you may have.
Andover Medical Center
Conveniently located off Interstate 93, Lawrence General's ultrasound services are available at Andover Medical Center on weekdays and some Saturdays. For questions, please call 978-475-5213. You can find Andover Medical Center at 323 Lowell St. in Andover, MA
Methuen Family Health Center
The Methuen Family Health Center also provides outpatient ultrasound services at 147 Pelham St. in Methuen, MA. Services are available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 978-946-8425 for any questions.
As a whole, the Ultrasound Program is accredited by the American College of Radiology. Peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field have determined that this facility has achieved high practice standards in imaging quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.