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Frequently Asked Questions


What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is used to study organs and blood vessels and can help detect many medical conditions including cancer.

How does ultrasound work?

These "real-time" images are saved for study by our radiologists. The images produced give information about the size of the organ and can detect any irregularities.

Unlike many other diagnostic tests, ultrasound uses no radiation.

What can you expect during your ultrasound?

A specially trained sonographer will apply a lubricating gel on the part of your body being tested. It may feel wet and chilly, but it won't stain your clothing or hurt your skin.

Your technologist will place a small handheld device called a transducer over the area being examined and gently move it around. You may be asked to drink fluids before your appointment. If so, this will be explained to you ahead of time.

You will not feel any pain but may be asked to change positions or hold your breath for short periods of time. The exam may take 30-45 minutes.

Contact Us

For more information, please call MaineGeneral Medical Center's Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging Services:

  • Alfond Center for Health, Augusta: (207) 626-1485

  • Thayer Center for Health, Waterville: (207) 872-1230

  • Winthrop Commerce Center Outpatient Imaging Services, Winthrop: (207) 623-6542