Ultrasound & Imaging Services
Duke City Urgent Care offers Ultrasounds and imaging services to our patients. Ultrasound appointments can take days to schedule through the regular medical avenues. We offer same day appointment or walk-in Ultrasounds at all of our locations with a provider visit and consultation.
Range of Ultrasounds we offer
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasounds evaluate muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. This procedure can help your physician diagnose sprains, tears and other soft tissue conditions, as well as, evaluate your need for physical or occupational therapy. Musculoskeletal ultrasounds are sometimes used to help physicians conduct guided steroidal injections for managing inflammation
- Pelvic Ultrasounds are focused on the structures and organs of the lower abdomen and pelvis. There are two types of pelvic ultrasounds: transabdominal and transvaginal (for women). These exams are frequently used to evaluate the reproductive and urinary systems.
- Abdominal Ultrasounds scan the upper abdominal area. They are often used to help diagnose pain or discomfort of the liver, gallbladder, bile ducts, pancreas, kidneys, spleen and abdominal aorta.
- Obstetric Ultrasounds produce sonogram images of an embryo or fetus within a pregnant woman, as well as the mother’s uterus and ovaries. These ultrasounds, which do not use radiation, are the preferred imaging method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies. Doppler ultrasounds, which evaluate blood flow in the umbilical cord, fetus or placenta, may also be part of this exam.
Why Choose Ultrasound?
Ultrasounds offer patients a different way to view internal problems with the same accuracy.
There is no ionizing radiation used during the exam with makes it relatively safe for pregnant women, your children and those who cannot receive diagnostic imaging. Ultrasound equipment is very portable, allowing us to scan patients with mobility issues.
Ultrasound is also a less expensive option when compared to MRI, CT and PET.
How to Prepare for an Ultrasound
Ultrasounds need little to no preparation but there are a few exceptions, including:
- Abdominal or gallbladder ultrasounds – require no eating or drinking for 6-8 hours before your exam. This helps us to take clearer scans of the targeted area.
- Pelvic, renal or obstetrical ultrasounds – may require you to drink enough water to fill your bladder for the same reason.