Salinas Valley Radiologists has long been an industry leader in ultrasound technology. Our modern ultrasound machines include color Doppler and 3D imaging capability. We are able to provide our patients with the most advanced vascular, obstetrical, and abdominal examinations available today. We perform specialized examinations for children, such as testing newborn infants for hip dysplasia or spinal cord defects.  We also perform a specialized ultrasound called a nuchal translucency (NT) test.  Ultrasound produces images that can help your physician detect diseased or damaged tissues, blood clots, blocked arteries, locate abnormal growths, determine the health of a pregnancy, and more.

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, is a medical examination that utilizes high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. An ultrasound captures real-time images, showing the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the vessels.

Traditional ultrasound can detect diseased or damaged tissues, locate abnormal growths, determine the health and details of a pregnancy, as well as identify a variety of medical conditions.  This enables your radiologist to make a quick and accurate diagnosis.

Doppler ultrasound can detect blocked arteries, blood clots, abnormalities of the heart, and test for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). A special technique is used to evaluate blood as it flows through vessels, including the major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.

Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (X-ray).  For more information on ultrasound and other radiology procedures, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org

How do I prepare for my Ultrasound?

On the day of your examination we suggest you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your examination. Before your exam you will be asked to change into a medical gown.

Different examinations require specific preparation based on the body part being scanned.  Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure a high quality diagnostic ultrasound.  If you are not properly prepped for your examination your appointment may have to be rescheduled.

Ultrasound preparation based on exam:

Abdominal, Aorta, Gallbladder, Liver, Pancreas and / or Spleen Ultrasound
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your exam, nor on the morning of your examination.

Doppler Ultrasound of Abdomen
Take two (2) anti-gas tablets (i.e., Maalox, Mylanta, etc.) the evening before the examination, and two (2) anti-gas tablets the morning of the examination. Do not eat or drink anything (including water) on the morning of your examination. Those who do not adhere to the fasting requirement risk compromising the results of the examination.

Kidney Ultrasound
One hour before your appointment, please empty your bladder. Then, immediately drink 24 ounces (3 cups) of water. You may use the bathroom, unless instructed otherwise.

Obstetrical Over 14 Weeks or Bladder Ultrasound
A full bladder is required for the examination. One hour prior to your appointment, empty your bladder.  Then, immediately drink 24 ounces (3 cups) of water. Do not empty your bladder.

Obstetrical Under 14 Weeks or Pelvic Ultrasound
One hour before your appointment, please empty your bladder. Then, immediately drink 32 ounces (4 cups) of water. Do not empty your bladder. Patients who arrive without a full bladder may be asked to reschedule.

 

Pelvic Ultrasound

One hour before your appointment, please empty your bladder. Then, immediately drink 32 ounces (4 cups) of water. Do not empty your bladder. Patients who arrive without a full bladder may be asked to reschedule.

The time required to complete an examination varies depending on the type of procedure ordered by your physician.  Many exams last 15-30 minutes however, some require over an hour to complete.

If you still have questions about your exam please call us at 831-755-5200 in Salinas or 831-625-7255 in Carmel.

Do you offer 3D Obstetrical Imaging?

We offer 3D obstetrical ultrasound images to patients who are between 28 and 34 weeks pregnant AND have previously completed a detailed second trimester ultrasound at our Salinas or Carmel office. The cost is $150 and the package includes a 20-minute session with a certified technologist, two full-color 5×7 photos, and a CD with all images from the visit.

If you have additional questions about 3D obstetrical imaging or would like to schedule an appointment please call 831-775-5200.

What is your visitor policy?

Generally, only patients are allowed into the examination room during the ultrasound examinations. We make exceptions for obstetrical examinations, minors, disabled patients, caregivers, and/or interpreters.

During obstetrical ultrasounds we welcome a maximum of two adults in the room due to space limitations. We cannot allow unsupervised children under the age of 10 in the examination room. An adult, other than the patient, will need to accompany and supervise any children.

All minors and disabled patients are required to have a chaperone present during their examination. This chaperone should be a caregiver, friend, or family member of the patient.

If you have questions about our visitor policy, please call 831-775-5200 before your scheduled appointment.

Which locations offer Ultrasound?

Salinas Valley Imaging Center
559 Abbott St.
Salinas, Ca 93901
Phone: 831-775-5200
Office Hours: 7:30-6:00PM
Ultrasound Hours: 8:00-5:00PM

Coastal Valley Imaging of Carmel
26542 Carmel Rancho Blvd.
Carmel, Ca 93932
Phone: 831-625-7255
Hours: 8:00-5:00PM