Radiology Exams

Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound is synonymous to a lot of people with the exam that generates a picture of an unborn child, and this exam especially causes a lot of excitement when it comes to finding out the gender of the child.

In reality, ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, can be used to help diagnose a variety of diseases and conditions. Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus.

Ultrasound imaging can be used to help detect conditions such as gallbladder disease, and to evaluate blood flow, check your thyroid gland, detect genital and prostate problems and evaluate metabolic bone disease. Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to create live images, and there is no known harm to the body from it, but it cannot be used to image bones or things that have air in them. No ionizing radiation, which is used in an X-ray, is involved in ultrasound imaging. Typically, ultrasounds are performed using a device outside your body.

The area that needs to be examined by ultrasound determines what preparations you need to make before the ultrasound. Most ultrasounds require no preparation, but for a gallbladder ultrasound you may be asked not to eat or drink for a period of time before the exam. Conversely, for a pelvic ultrasound you may need to have a full bladder.

The best place to get an ultrasound is at a St. Louis ultrasound imaging center like Watson Imaging Center. Here, imaging is our area of expertise, and it is fast and easy to set up an appointment with us, find out how much an exam will cost, and get to the exam. We are not a hospital or add-on to a doctor’s office – we don’t have long wait times, a large parking lot like you find at a hospital, and nor do we depend on doctors’ notoriously backlogged schedules. We can tell you how long you can expect your exam to be and our wait times are low.

For one thing, an imaging center is going to have the most modern technology, because all employees do at an imaging center is take images. If you have images taken in just another room at your doctor’s office, chances are you won’t be set up with the most recent technology – imaging is probably just a secondary service, offered out of convenience, at that doctor’s office. Just think: what is that doctor’s specialty?

Since imaging is our specialty, we accept a variety of health insurances and we are very well versed in what health insurance companies cover. We work quickly with you and your health insurance company to understand what images are or aren’t covered under your policy, and what those costs are to you.

Another important item to consider in choosing an imaging center: experience. We are experts in imaging, meaning we have decades of experience doing it. And since it’s all we do, we know our specialty inside and out.

When you need an ultrasound, call us at (314) 781-9711 and we’ll be happy to schedule you for an ultrasound.

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With our convenient office hours, many procedures can take only ten minutes or less and walk-in x-rays are welcome. Please note that we do not perform ultrasounds on Saturdays.

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8am - 2pm
2nd & 4th Saturday
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3915 Watson Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63109-1251