Comfortable, radiation-free, diagnostic examinations that provide superior-quality images.
What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure used to observe soft tissue anatomy. Our Siemens Acuson S3000 ultrasound and Philip ultrasound systems are some of the most advanced systems available.
Types of ultrasounds
Centric Health offers the following Ultrasound services:
Echo Cardiology ultrasound – Echocardiogram
Centric Health’s Vancouver facility is the only private centre in BC that offers echo-cardiograms. Echo Cardiology Ultrasound, also known as Cardiac Ultrasound or Heart Ultrasound, evaluates blood flow in the vessels and detects abnormalities in the heart muscle and valves. The technical name for this scan is an echocardiogram or cardiac echo.
Pelvic organ ultrasound
A pelvic ultrasound evaluates the urinary and reproductive organs. Scans can include bladder ultrasound, prostate ultrasound, testicle ultrasound, uterus ultrasound, cervix ultrasound, and ultrasound of the ovaries.
Abdominal Ultrasound checks for tumors or abnormalities of many internal organs in the abdomen. Scans include liver ultrasound, kidney ultrasound, spleen ultrasound, pancreas ultrasound, bowel/intestinal ultrasound, gall bladder ultrasound, stomach ultrasound, spleen ultrasound, lung ultrasound and adrenal glands ultrasound.
Muscle, tendon & joint ultrasound
Muscle, tendon & joint ultrasound evaluates abnormalities of the muscles and tendons and joints, such as arms, legs, shoulders, knees, elbows, ankles, hips, wrists.
A breast ultrasound can be used to detect abnormalities in the breast tissue as well as breast cancer in men and women.
Thyroid ultrasound is used to diagnose a lump or a thyroid that is not functioning correctly.
Ultrasound guided biopsy
Ultrasound is used to precisely guide needle biopsies. Learn more about our biopsy procedures.
Why have an ultrasound?
High definition image quality and advanced features help your physician accurately diagnose diseases, conditions and potential complications with confidence. The scan also provides vital information required for more complicated exams or exploratory surgeries. We offer a wide variety of examinations depending on the area of interest ranging from guided biopsy to echocardiograms.
Preparing for an ultrasound
To prepare for your ultrasound, please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Any additional preparation will depend on the specific type of examination you’re having. For some scans, you may be asked to drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to your exam and avoid urinating to ensure your bladder is full when the scan begins. Other exams may require you to refrain from eating or drinking for up to 12 hours before your appointment. Your patient care coordinator will provide you with detailed, written instructions on how to prepare for your ultrasound.
What to expect during an ultrasound
Depending on the type of exam, you may be asked to lie down or sit upright on an examination table. A sonographer will apply gel to your skin and press a small, hand-held instrument, called a transducer, firmly against the part of your body being examined. The transducer projects and records sound waves, acting as both a speaker and a microphone. The sonographer will move the instrument around the target area of your body until the desired images are produced.
The high-frequency sound waves reflect off your body’s internal structures, producing echoes that are processed into images that immediately appear on the system monitor. Depending on your diagnostic needs, a transvaginal ultrasound may be recommended to provide images closer to the area of interest. In these exams, extremely narrow transducers are inserted into the vagina. You should not experience any significant discomfort during this type of exam.
After your ultrasound
Our radiologists will carefully analyze your ultrasound images and provide a report to your physician. Once he or she has received the report, your physician can discuss the results with you. Your technologist will also give you a CD, DVD or USB containing the ultrasound images when you leave our clinic.
Benefits of an ultrasound
Centric Health uses a state-of-the-art Siemens Acuson S3000, and Philips ultrasound systems to provide patients with high quality diagnostic treatment.
At Centric Health, you can expect:
- Advanced Siemens ultrasound technology
- Unprecedented image detail
- No exposure to radiation
- Non-invasive examinations
- Prompt, personalized testing
- Comfortable, professional facilities & expert team
Is an ultrasound safe?
An ultrasound has no major side effects and no known harmful effects, which makes it a popular diagnostic method among both patients and physicians. The exam is non-invasive and doesn’t require dyes, radiation or exploratory surgery. Our healthcare professionals are trained to safely operate the ultrasound system and obtain the best images possible to assist in your accurate diagnosis.
How long does an ultrasound take?
The ultrasound procedure generally takes 30-40 minutes. The transvaginal exam may be faster, more accurate, and more comfortable overall as you will not be required to have a full bladder.
Get an ultrasound with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for Ultrasound. Our Siemens Acuson S3000, and Philips ultrasound systems generate superior-quality images to support more confident diagnoses. Our highly skilled ultrasound technicians are required to have at least 1,000 hours of training in order to work with us.
In fact, each and every one of our physicians, technologists and radiologists has years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centered philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.
Next steps: Book your ultrasound
If you’re ready to explore your diagnostic needs with our board-certified radiologists, experienced ultrasound technologists and patient care coordinators, request an appointment today.