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Coeur d'Alene Ultrasound - General Imaging

Abdominal Complete Sonogram

Abdominal sonograms are used to help your provider determine causes of abdominal pain, to evaluate the appearance and size of organs, and to assess for gallstones or liver disease. Abdominal Sonograms are considered painless, safe, and are typically performed within 30 minutes. In order to best visualize your internal organs, a 6 – 8 hour food fast is required for abdominal sonograms. For your convenience, we recommend an overnight fast and attempt to schedule our abdominal studies at the beginning of our office hours. Our radiologist’s report will be generated and emailed to your provider through a secure link, generally within 24 hours.

Our Abdominal sonograms evaluate liver, kidneys, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and aorta.

Abdominal Limited Sonogram

Examples of abdominal limited sonograms include any one of the following exams: A right upper quadrant ultrasound (RUQ), which includes complete evaluation of the liver and gallbladder. Also evaluated in the RUQ scan is the right kidney and the pancreas. The RUQ requires the exact same preparation/fasting as described above under abdominal complete. Another exam which is considered an abdominal limited scan is an assessment for possible appendicitis in the RLQ. An evaluation of a bulge in the umbilical region to assess for paraumbilical hernia, as well as a dedicated spleen ultrasound, are also considered abdominal limited exams. The only abdominal limited scan which requires any prep is the RUQ exam.

Renal and Bladder Sonogram

Renal and bladders sonograms are used to provide your practitioner with information regarding the health of your kidneys and bladder. Renal sonograms may reveal a cause of flank pain, such as a kidney stone. Renal and bladder sonograms are considered painless, safe, and are typically performed in twenty minutes. No fasting is required prior to the exam. If the bladder is also being evaluated, fluid consumption usually an hour prior to the exam is often necessary to distend the bladder for proper assessment. Our radiologist’s report will be emailed to your provider through a secure link, generally within 24 hours.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

A carotid ultrasound exam is a painless and harmless test which uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the insides of your carotid arteries. You have two common carotid arteries, one on each side of your neck. They each divide into internal and external carotid arteries. Carotid ultrasound exams test for blocked or narrowed arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. The results can help your provider determine a treatment to lower your stroke risk, as appropriate. These exams typically don’t exceed 25-30 minutes and no preparation is necessary. They’re very impressive to view live on our 100” screen if you’re interested. Your provider should have the report and any recommendations from our radiologist through a secured email link within 24 hours.

Scrotal / Thyroid / Extremity (non-vascular) Sonograms

We also provide diagnostic ultrasound exams to evaluate small or more superficial structures such as the thyroid, scrotum and palpable abnormalities on limbs. A thyroid ultrasound is often ordered to evaluate palpable abnormalities or to follow up existing thyroid conditions. Scrotal sonograms are often ordered due to pain, swelling, or to evaluate a mass in the scrotum. Extremity (non-vascular) ultrasound imaging is often ordered by a provider who needs more information about a palpable abnormality in an arm or a leg, such as whether it is cystic or solid in nature. All three of these sonograms are considered painless, safe, and are typically performed within 20 minutes. No preparation is necessary for these sonograms. Our radiologist’s report will be emailed through a secure link to your provider, generally within 24 hours.