Tri-City Radiology

Radiologists located in Kennewick, WA

It’s exciting for expectant parents that today’s ultrasound technology makes it possible to see your baby in 3D or 4D before birth. Our board-certified diagnostic radiologists at Tri-City Radiology in Kennewick, Washington, along with our team of technologists, provide noninvasive ultrasound testing so you can see images of your baby. In addition to checking the health of your baby, ultrasound is also a great tool for diagnostic medical testing in other areas of the body. Call to schedule an ultrasound today.

Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging is a fast, safe, painless way to see images of your baby in your womb or to diagnose medical conditions. Ultrasound, also called a sonogram, uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of your body. A transducer (probe) sends sound waves into a specific area of your body, and the sound waves bounce back through a computer to generate images.

Unlike X-rays, ultrasound imaging doesn't use any type of radiation, so you (and your baby) are completely safe. The ultrasound images are obtained in real time so that they can show the structure of internal organs, and even blood flowing through blood vessels.

When is an ultrasound needed?

In addition to checking the health of the baby in your womb, ultrasound is often used for diagnostic medical testing in areas of pain, swelling, or infection. Ultrasound can help your doctor diagnose a variety of conditions by examining your internal organs, including:

  • Blood vessels
  • Liver, spleen, and pancreas
  • Kidneys and bladder
  • Uterus and ovaries
  • Testicles
  • Brain, spine, and hips in infants

Ultrasound imaging can also help your doctor discover any blood clots, narrowing of blood vessels, or tumors. Our team at Tri-City Radiology offer 3D and 4D ultrasound imaging services so that you can come in for diagnostic images of your abdomen, pelvis, fetus, or breasts. They also administer noninvasive vascular studies including carotid duplex ultrasound and venous Doppler imaging.

What can I expect during an ultrasound?

At Tri-City Radiology, ultrasound typically takes about 25 minutes. Depending on the parts of your body being scanned, you may not be able to eat before your appointment, or you may need to have a full bladder. During the procedure, you lie comfortably on an exam table and the technologist puts a gel on your skin to help the transducer easily capture the images.

The technologist presses the transducer against your skin in the area being examined so it can send the sound waves into your body. They move the transducer back and forth to get clear images of your organs or the baby in your womb. The experience is painless, although you might feel some pressure from the transducer.

For 3D or 4D ultrasound imaging, call the office to make an appointment.