Ultrasound technology has greatly evolved since it was first used in the 1950s, and today it is one of the most commonly used diagnostic tools for patients experiencing pain, swelling, and a number of other symptoms. Fast Track Urgent Care has the latest state-of-the-art equipment and convenient, compassionate medical professionals to enhance your ultrasound experience and provide you with the most efficient, accurate results. We are open seven days a week, with two convenient locations to serve patients in Maryland and Washington, DC.
Visit one of our walk-in clinics or call Fast Track today at 800-417-1164. Contact us online to learn more about our services.
Ultrasound Services in Silver Spring & Kensington
An ultrasound provides medical personnel with an internal view of the area or organ in question. The procedure itself is safe and non-invasive since it uses high-frequency sound waves with no radiation. An ultrasound can be used to help diagnose a variety of conditions, assess the damage to organs, or view a developing fetus and is performed by a registered medical sonographer. We conduct all types of ultrasound imaging, including the following:
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How Do I Prepare for an Ultrasound?
Depending on which area or organ is affected, you may need to be prepared in advance regarding food and drink. Before you arrive for your ultrasound appointment, consider the following:
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Bring any relevant documentation, including identification, requisition forms, and insurance.
- For abdominal, pelvic, and/or pregnancy-related ultrasounds, do not have any food or drink except water for eight hours before the procedure. You may be instructed to drink four eight-ounce glasses of water within a designated time frame and avoid emptying your bladder until the exam is completed.
What’s the Difference Between Ultrasounds and X-rays?
If you are scheduled to come into our urgent care center for an ultrasound, you may be wondering what the difference is between an ultrasound and an x-ray. Unlike x-rays, which use radiography to scan the body, ultrasound uses sound waves to generate images of the body’s internal organs. It is because of this difference in technology and the quality of the images they produce that an x-ray or ultrasound will be chosen for your appointment.
What to Expect During Your Ultrasound
Fast Track Urgent Care Ultrasounds in Maryland & DC
Upon your arrival, you may need to change into a hospital gown. Then, you will be directed to one of our examination rooms and asked to lie down on the exam table for the duration of the ultrasound.
A trained technician will apply a clear, odorless gel on the skin above the affected area to allow the wand (transducer) to move freely. The transducer sends harmless, high-frequency sound waves below the surface of the skin, creating echoes which are then transmitted to a computer. The resulting images can then be read by a radiologist, who is trained to interpret and evaluate ultrasound imagery, before forwarding the results to the referring health care provider.
You may be asked to change positions one or more times to allow better access to the area in question and produce a clearer image. Once it is confirmed that the desired images have been captured, the technician will remove the gel from your skin, and you can change back into your regular clothing and resume your normal activities.
Schedule an Ultrasound in MD & DC
The experienced, certified professionals at Fast Track Urgent Care are dedicated to providing unparalleled patient care in the DC metro area.
For reliable, efficient service for ultrasounds, urgent care, or a variety of additional medical services in Silver Spring or Kensington, MD, call Fast Track at 800-417-1164 or contact us online today!