Nearly every organ in the body can be examined by ultrasound and there are many different types of ultrasound exams. The type of exam will vary depending on information that your doctor needs. 

Screening and Preparation

An Ultrasound is a completely safe and painless exam. Prior to your exam, you will receive a telephone call from one of UVA Imaging's Patient Liaisons.  The Liaison will provide information and ask screening questions related to your upcoming Ultrasound.

During your Ultrasound

Ultrasound images are created by applying a warm gel to the skin and then moving a transducer (also known as an ultrasound probe) over the body part being examined.  You cannot hear or feel the sound waves.

Our technologist is concerned for your comfort so please let us know if we can do anything to make you more comfortable during your exam.


The doctor who ordered your exam will provide the results to you.

If there is a critical finding on your study,  your doctor will be notified by our Radiologists. 

If you have not heard from your provider within a reasonable time, please call their office directly.