General Ultrasounds are done at our Northwest Avenue location, in Suite 201 and inside PeaceHealth OB/GYN on Squalicum Parkway. Please note that Breast Ultrasounds are done in Suite 101 and Vascular Ultrasounds are done in Suite 102.

To schedule your Ultrasound, please call: 360.647.2422

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an imaging system which uses sound waves to look inside the human body without using x-rays. These images can help your physician diagnose your condition and formulate the appropriate treatment plan. Ultrasound, unlike x-ray examinations, can help determine the characteristics of certain tissues. For example, fluids and solids have different sound wave characteristics.

Ultrasound is specifically used to evaluate:

  • Heart
  • Blood vessels
  • Lumps in the breast
  • Gallstones
  • Inflammation, tumors, cysts and stones in the bladder, kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas, and uterus/ovaries
  • Injury to joint tissues such as tendons
  • Fetal growth and development
  • Infertility
  • Biopsy needle guidance

How do I prepare for my ultrasound?

Please be aware that you may be asked to change into a patient gown. Many of our Ultrasounds do require preparation. If you do not know if your exams require preparation, please call 360.647.2422.

What should I expect during an ultrasound? 

  • For the majority of exams, you will be asked to lie on a padded table on your back;
    the technologist will help get you in the correct position.
  • The technologist will use a water-soluble gel to cover the area of interest.
  • A wand, called a transducer, will be moved over the gel to send and receive the sound
    waves thus creating the images on a monitor.
  • For the majority of exams, the transducer is used on the outside of the body. However, for some ultrasound exams of the uterus, the transducer will be inserted into the vagina.

When will I get my results?  

The Registered Ultrasound Technologist performing your scans will review your exam before you leave to make sure enough information has been obtained to provide a diagnostic study; the technologist will not interpret the exam. One of our board-certified radiologists will later interpret the images and prepare a written report for your physician. Our goal is for all reports to be available within 24 hours. If your appointment with your physician is sooner than 24 hours, let us know and our reports can be faxed or called in to your physician.

Please allow 45-60 minutes for your ultrasound exam.