An ultrasound is a test that bounces sound waves off tissues and organs and translates the sound waves into sonograms (pictures).
Catholic Health offers ultrasounds throughout the Buffalo and Western New York area:
A prescription from your physician is required. If you do not have a physician, click here to find a physician near you or call our HealthConnection service for a referral. Our representatives may be reached at (716) 706-2112 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday - Friday.
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Your preparation will depend on the type of ultrasound study needed. Follow your doctor's instructions regarding any special diet, fasting, or liquid consumption prior to your exam. You can also ask a member of our staff if you have any questions concerning special preparation instructions for your ultrasound.
Wear comfortable clothing to your appointment. You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothes, but gowns will be available.
Follow your preparation instructions if any apply to you.
In the ultrasound room, a technologist will assist you onto the padded table. A clear gel will be applied to the area where the transducer will make contact with the body. This gel creates an airtight seal between the transducer and the body so that accurate images can be obtained. The technician will move the transducer back and forth over the skin to find the optimal images to capture.
During a Doppler ultrasound, you may hear the sounds of your pulse as the blood flow is measured. For transvaginal and transrectal exams, a special transducer attached to a probe will be inserted and moved gently to locate the right images.
When your exam is over, you will be given a towel to wipe away the gel.
You may leave immediately following the procedure.
The radiologist will study the sonogram images collected and report the results to your physician. Your doctor will schedule a time with you to discuss the results of your ultrasound.
We will bill your insurance company directly. Please bring your insurance card and referral/authorization form (if necessary) on the day of your exam.
Some insurance carriers require pre-certification for ultrasound. Please check with your insurance provider to see what their requirements are.