An ultrasound technician will usually perform the procedure. Images are usually available immediately from the scan but they need to be interpreted by a radiologist.
The radiologist's report is given to the physician who ordered the ultrasound, who will then discuss results with you.
There are limitations to ultrasound that may affect the results. Ultrasound is not the recommended procedure for:
- Bowel or organs obscured by the bowel: Air and gas can disrupt the ultrasound waves.
- Obese patients: The more tissue the sound waves have to pass through, the weaker the signal and image becomes.
- Internal structure of bones or certain joints: Ultrasound has difficulty penetrating bone.
Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery
Federal Drug Association. Taking a Close Look at Ultrasound.
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus. Ultrasound.
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus. Eye and Orbit Ultrasound
Radiologyinfo.org. General Ultrasound Imaging.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/15/2014
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