Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to view internal organs and produce images of the human body. As sound passes through the body it produces echoes, which can identify distance, size and shape of structures inside. Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays).

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Purpose of an Ultrasound

Ultrasound is most commonly associated with pregnancy but is also used to image the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles, thyroid and breasts. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate the blood flow in the arteries and veins in the neck, abdomen and legs as well as your heart (often referred to as a Doppler ultrasound).

At Glenwood Radiology, we offer many types of ultrasounds to suit the imaging needs for physicians and patients including:

  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound – specializes in capturing images of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body
  • General Ultrasound – including abdominal, pelvic, BPP, renal
  • Pediatric Ultrasound – Glenwood Radiology is specializes in exams for children
  • Gynecological & Obstetrical Ultrasound – our team is here to help guide you through your pregnancy 
  • 3d Ultrasound – real-time, life-like images of baby between 26 to 36 weeks gestation 
  • Vascular Age Screening Ultrasound – know your cardiovascular health

After checking in you will be shown to a change room and asked to remove some or all of your clothing and put on gown. You may be asked to remove jewelry if it will interfere with the exam.

Your technologist will usually have you lie comfortably on a padded exam table. MSK patients will typically sit on a chair. The technician will then place lubricating gel onto the area being examined. During the test, the technician will use a device called a transducer and make contact with your skin, moving firmly back and forth over the area being examined until they are able to capture the required images. In some ultrasound tests, the transducer is attached to a probe and inserted into the body. Most ultrasound exams last less than 30 minutes.

Once the exam is complete, you are free to leave and continue normally with your day. Your results will be sent directly from our radiologist to your referring physician.

Because most ultrasound exams require special preparation (i.e. fasting or water consumption), it is not usually possible to accommodate walk-in appointments. For procedures not having these requirements, same-day appointments may be available for emergency exams. Please call to check availability. We are open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays for obstetrical and gynecological examinations.

What to expect during your Obstetrics Ultrasound

For pregnancy ultrasounds one additional person can be accommodated in our exam rooms after the medical portion of the pregnancy ultrasound has been completed. These rooms are equipped with a television so that you are able to view the exam. Please do not bring children to your appointment as we do not have staff available to watch them during the exam. If you wish to know the sex of the baby, you will be provided a form to complete when you check-in. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to make a gender determination during your exam if the baby is not positioned well enough to obtain an unobstructed image.

Step 1: Medical Exam

The mother to be will be introduced by herself with the ultrasound technologist (Sonographer). The partner is asked to stay in the waiting area. While we understand couples would like to share the entire ultrasound experience together, our policy is to limit the first portion of the exam between the mother and the Sonographer.

Why is this step important?

While it is a very exciting experience for couples, it is important for the Sonographer to first obtain all the vital information that is needed to ensure your doctor receives all the details accurately without any distractions. During this step, the Radiologist may also request additional imaging.

Step 2: Invite partners

When the medical portion of the exam is complete we are happy to bring your partner into the scanning room to see the pregnancy in real-time. However, please note there are medical circumstances where sharing the ultrasound exam may not occur.

Thank you for understanding!

We appreciate your understanding of our policy for the best medical care of all our patients.

Pregnancy FAQs

Why can’t my spouse be in the room with me?
Alberta Health Care services covers Obstetrical exams which are performed to asses your health and the health of the baby. That is our priority. Although pregnancy is an exciting time, our exam is not about showing off the baby to the expecting parents or family members, our exam is performed to determine the health of the mother and the baby. If you wish to have a full show of the baby before it is born, we recommend researching institutions such as U C Baby.

Why do I have to drink water?

A full bladder moves bowel out from your pelvis into your abdomen, helping visualization of the pregnancy, uterus and cervix. Your bladder should not be so full that it causes pain. If your bladder is very full and painful, you should empty a small amount so that you are more comfortable.

What is a 3D Ultrasound?
3D ultrasound allows you to view your baby on our high resolution monitor as it moves in real-time and produces life-like images of the fetus. 3D ultrasound is NOT part of a normal obstetrical ultrasound. Obstetrical patients are eligible for 3D between 26 to 36 weeks gestation. 3D cannot be done on its own without an already required obstetrical exam. 3D will only be added at the end of your scheduled obstetrical exam if it is requested at the time of booking and the technician is available. The 3D ultrasound is free, however if the technician is able to get good pictures then each picture is $15.00 and if you would like a CD of all of the images it is $50.00.

What is a Nuchal Translucency exam?
A nuchal translucency (NT) ultrasound is a screening test which assesses whether your baby is likely to have Down’s syndrome. A Nuchal Translucency ultrasound must be performed between 11 weeks and not later than 13 weeks plus six days of pregnancy. Before 11 weeks the ultrasound is technically difficult because the baby is so tiny and, after 14 weeks, any excess fluid may be absorbed by the baby’s developing lymphatic system. A Blood Test is required within 24 hours AFTER the ultrasound has been completed. We will provide you with a blood work form if your physician did not provide you with one.

Why can’t Nuchal Translucency exams be done after 4:00 PM?
A sonographer must have an NT licence to perform an NT exam. Currently, we have technologists that have NT licences available from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday and 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Saturdays.

Do you have a blood lab in the building?
We do not have a blood lab in the building. The closest Dynalife locations are Meadowlark Health Centre, Westgrove Professional Building and Callingwood Market Square.

Why can’t you just check the gender of my baby without a requisition?
The gender of the baby is not of medical concern. The health of your baby is of medical concern and that is why the Obstetrical Routine exam is performed. We are happy to provide the gender of the baby to you IF it can be seen during the exam and you have signed the consent form. If we are not able to see the gender, we cannot book another exam strictly to find out the gender.

Vascular Age Screening Ultrasound

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam.
  • You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.
  • Learn more about Vascular Age Screening

Bladder, Pelvis or Pregnancy Under 28 Weeks 

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • The exam requires a full bladder.
  • Drink and finish 1 litre (4 cups) of water 1 hour prior to the appointment time.
  • DO NOT empty your bladder until after the examination.
  • If your bladder is not full, the examination may have to be rescheduled.
  • You may eat regularly prior to the exam.

Biophysical Profile or Pregnancy 28 Weeks and Over

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • The exam requires a partially full bladder. Drink and finish 500 ml (2 cups) of water 45 minutes prior to the appointment time. DO NOT empty your bladder until after the examination. If your bladder is not full, the examination may have to be rescheduled. Please eat 30 minutes prior to the examination.

Abdomen

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • DO NOT eat, drink, chew or consume anything by mouth 8 hours prior to the examination.
  • You may still take your medication with water.

Abdomen and Pelvis

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • DO NOT eat, drink, chew or consume anything but water 8 hours prior to the examination.
  • Drink and finish 1 litre (4 cups) of water 1 hour prior to the appointment time.
  • DO NOT empty your bladder until after the examination.
  • If your bladder is not full, the examination may have to be rescheduled.
  • You may still take your medication with water.

How to Book Your Exam

When you book your appointment you may be given special instructions to fast or consume large quantities of liquid before your exam. It is important to follow these instructions so our technologists are able to capture the best possible images for the radiologist to read.

  • Exams require a requisition form from your family physician.
  • You can book by phone by calling 780-705-9982 between Monday to Friday from 8am to 5pm.
  • You can also conveniently book online.

Find a Family Physician in your area

  • If you do not have a family physician or need assistance with a requisition form or referral letter, here are several medical clinics that are accepting patients in your area: