Ultrasound - Drainage Abscess

Ultrasound - Drainage Abscess

What is a Drainage/Abscess Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves to produce an image. Ultrasound uses painless, silent, high frequency sound waves transmitted and reflected through various body parts. It is possible to image organs, masses and fluid accumulations within the body to provide valuable diagnostic information.

A transducer that produces the sound waves is placed against the body and is slowly passed over the area to be examined. Ultrasound is commonly used to visualize the kidneys, liver, pancreas and gallbladder. Ultrasound is used to guide the needle with removing fluid/tissue for further testing.

What to expect

You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. You will lie down on a bed or stretcher. A colorless, odorless gel will be applied to your skin so that the sound waves will be easily transmitted from the transducer to the abdomen area. The technologist will slowly move the transducer around the abdomen as the images are displayed on a monitor. There will be a recovery period where you will be observed for a couple of hours.

Who will read my film?

Radiologists are physicians who specialize in performing and reading the radiology procedures. They are board certified and have completed several years of advanced training and appropriate certification after completing their medical degrees. The Ultrasound Technologists are registered health care professionals with specialized training in ultrasound procedures.

After your exam

The results of your exam will be sent to the physician who ordered the test. If your physician requests original films, please call the radiology file room where you had your exam: Osborn (480) 675-4766 or Shea (480) 860-3704. The file room will prepare them for you to pick up. You can pick up your films at the same place where you had your exam done. You will need to show personal identification. If someone is picking up your films, you need to sign a medical release form. If you experience any pain or discomfort after your procedure, please call your physician.


For any questions or concerns:

Contact the Radiology and Medical Imaging department at 434-924-9400.