Ultrasound in medicine

Ultrasound is sound waves with frequencies too high for humans to hear.  What many of us don’t consider is that there are a host of medical functions that an ultrasound can perform.  Departments throughout the healthcare system find their own uses for the technology: cardiology uses ultrasounds to monitor the flow of blood and movement of the heart, oncology uses the technology to guide biopsy needles and multiple departments use ultrasounds to monitor the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal tissues after injury. Diagnostic imaging departments often use ultrasounds to scan organs of the body to verify their condition. Ultrasounds can provide a view of the:

  • Thyroid
  • Eyes
  • Blood vessels
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Ovaries
  • Testicles
  • Uterus
  • Gallbladder

Here at the Queen Elizabeth Health Complex our team aims to provide results as quickly and accurately as possible. Most ultrasounds usually take anywhere between 10 to 20 minutes. An ultrasound is a painless procedure. A gel like liquid is applied to the area where the ultrasound is to be conducted to facilitate the contact between the skin and the device. It is suggested that one would wear comfortable clothing that can easily be removed depending on the type of ultrasound required.

Currently, ultrasounds are not covered by the RAMQ but may be partially covered by private health insurance. For more information please call 514-485-5013, or if your physician has referred you for an ultrasound, you can make an appointment by calling us at 514-485-5115 and we will gladly answer any questions or work with you to find the most convenient time in your day to schedule an appointment. We are open Monday to Friday between 8:30 AM 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM.