Diagnostic ultrasound is a means to obtain
images of the body using sound waves rather than x-rays. These
sound waves enter the body by means of a transducer, which is a
device placed directly upon the skin. The sound waves interact
with tissues in the body in various ways and are reflected back
to the transducer, where they are converted into a visual image
on a television monitor.
The sonographers are highly skilled professionals with several
years of medical education and supervised training in the
performance of ultrasound scans.
Adventist Medical Center's Ultrasound
Department started using the latest 3 Dimensional/4
Dimensional (3D/4D) ultrasound technology in December of 2006.
The new equipment is located at Adventist's Outpatient Imaging
Center in Professional Building #3, Suite 24 and the
hospital Ultrasound department located in
The new images feature a 3-dimensional image of the fetus which
is reconstructed over time hence, giving the 4th dimension. A
special ultrasound camera is used to obtain these images. This
technology is used to help enhance anatomical features when
fetal position allows.
Ultrasound imaging is also frequently used to evaluate and
image fetal development in the uterus. When the fetus is imaged
between 25 and 40 weeks gestation and surrounded by adequate
amniotic fluid, the quality of the fetal image can be truly
amazing. These images can allow the prospective parents to see
their baby's features with clarity.
Fetal ultrasound images for anatomical screening are generally
recommended at 18 weeks, and may vary based on the mother's
medical history. Please consult with your Obstetrician for his
or her recommendation.
Some ultrasound exams require certain preps, i.e. fasting or