In an ultrasound procedure, high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are transmitted to tissues or organs and make echoes. The echo patterns -- interpreted by a computer -- create a visual image (sonogram) of the tissues and organs under examination. Most ultrasound images are obtained by gently pressing and rolling a handheld transducer (probe) over areas of the body with a warm gel utilized to improve sound wave propagation.

Here are some of the procedures where Ultrasound is used:
  • General diagnostic ultrasound is used by all radiologists to obtain diagnostic and function information related to organs in your body. It is primarily used to evaluate the pelvic region, abdomen, breast, testicles, prostate and thyroid glands.
  • Renal (kidney) ultrasound is used to identify tumors and other medical problems with the kidneys.
  • Obstetrical ultrasound is used to obtain images and corresponding measurements to measure growth and evaluate the anatomic and physiological characteristics of the developing fetus.
The clinical staff in the Department of Ultrasound provides a broad spectrum of routine and specialized sonographic procedures. In addition to the full range of standard procedures, the department offers exams such as image-guided biopsy procedures, high resolution imaging of the breast, thyroid and other specialized examinations.
 
Our sonographers are certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and our department is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Board certified radiologists interpret all ultrasound examinations.
 
Accredited for Ultrasound from the ACR The Hartford Hospital Imaging Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology for ultrasound.