sonography and ultrasound services

General Ultrasound

Expert Care When You Need It

Ultrasound imaging, sonography and elastography use sound waves to provide information about internal organs and soft tissue, such as the thyroid, carotid artery, abdomen, liver, kidneys, and bladder. During the study, ultrasound data is gathered in real-time and displayed on a computer monitor in the exam room. The radiologist and technologist view the ultrasound images that are being captured, and reposition, zoom, or apply 3D settings to the area being evaluated to achieve a more detailed image assessment.

With liver elastography, which uses 2D shear wave technology, clinicians are assured of exceptional liver imaging that produces definitive tissue stiffness data.

Some medical symptoms require a quick diagnostic evaluation to rule out a potentially acute issue. Rather than face a lengthy wait in a hospital emergency room, we perform same-day ultrasound studies to assess the suspected condition and promptly return the patient to the care of their referring physician.

At Washington Radiology, you'll experience a warm and welcoming ultrasound environment, and a staff attentive to your comfort and privacy. More than medical imaging, we provide peace of mind, which means we've taken the traditional radiology experience and reinvented it, with a compassionate and patient-focused approach to ultrasound care.

Locations

Washington, DC
University Medical Building
2141 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037
P: 202-223-9722 | F: 202-659-2819
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.


Chevy Chase, MD
Chase Tower
4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 200, Chevy Chase, MD 20815
P: 301-654-4242 | F: 301-907-7414
HOURS: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Bethesda, MD
Camalier Building
10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 103, Bethesda, MD 20817
P: 301-564-1053 | F: 301-493-8522
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available
Fairfax, VA
Four Seasons Three
3022 Williams Drive, Suites 104, 200, 204, Fairfax, VA 22031
P: 703-698-8800 | F: 703-573-2318
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Limited Services Available

Hours vary by service. See this page for details.

Sterling, VA
Lakeside @ Loudoun Tech Center I
21351 Ridgetop Circle, Suites 100, 150, Sterling, VA 20166
P: 571-434-0140 | F: 571-434-0144
HOURS: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., September 25 (screening mammograms only)
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., October 2 (screening mammograms only)

Preparing For Your General Ultrasound Exam

Patient peace of mind starts with the right preparation. To obtain the best possible study results, it is important that you follow the instructions below.

During scheduling, a Washington Radiology team member will review with you the preparation instructions specific to your General Ultrasound exam. These instructions are repeated here for easy reference.

In addition to the written order from your doctor, please remember to bring to your appointment any prior images or reports from outside Washington Radiology if related to the reason for your visit with us.  

 

PELVIC ULTRASOUND

  • To accurately perform this procedure, it is important for your bladder to be full.
  • Please do not empty your bladder beginning two hours prior to your examination.
  • It is not necessary to drink any specific amount of water before your arrival.
  • For premenopausal women who have heavy/irregular bleeding, schedule exam between days 7-10
    of the menstrual cycle (day 1 is the first day of menstrual flow). If your periods are irregular call us on the
    first day of your period and we will schedule your exam between days 7-10.

 

RENAL ULTRASOUND

To accurately perform this procedure it is important for your bladder to be full. Please follow these instructions carefully.

  • Two hours prior to your appointment, drink at least 16 ounces of water.
  • Do not urinate until instructed to do so after your exam.

 

ABDOMINAL ULTRASOUND

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your morning appointment, or for at least 6 hours prior to your afternoon appointment.

 

LIVER ELASTOGRAPHY

  • Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before your morning appointment, or for at least 6 hours prior to your afternoon appointment.

 

SONOHYSTEROGRAM (SHG)

  • For premenopausal women, this exam must be performed between days 6–10 of the patient’s menstrual cycle (day 1 is the first day of menstrual flow).
  • If your periods are irregular, call us on the first day of your period and we will schedule your exam between days 6-10.
  • For all patients, 30–60 minutes prior to the exam, take 800 mg of Ibuprofen (if allowed by your doctor) with food.
  • To accurately perform this procedure it is important for your bladder to be full. Please do not empty your bladder beginning two hours prior to your examination.
  • It is not necessary to drink any specific amount of water before your arrival.
  • This exam cannot be performed if there is a possibility of the patient being pregnant, patient is pregnant, or patient has a pelvic infection.

 

TRANSRECTAL PROSTATE ULTRASOUND

  • Use a “Fleet” enema 1 hour before your appointment. This preparation with instructions can be purchased from your local pharmacy.

 

If you have any follow-up questions about these important Ultrasound preparations, please contact the Washington Radiology office where your exam is scheduled and ask to speak with the ultrasound technologist or sonographer.