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What is ultrasound?
When is ultrasound used?
What conditions can ultrasound evaluate?
Is ultrasound helpful in diagnosing heart and vascular disease?
Is Hunterdon an accredited ultrasound site?
What ultrasound technology does Hunterdon use?
Where can I get more information or schedule an ultrasound at Hunterdon?

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure that takes approximately 30 minutes and adds valuable insight in your care.

When is ultrasound used?

Ultrasound imaging is used extensively for evaluating:

  • pelvic and abdominal organs
  • heart
  • blood vessels

Ultrasounds can help a physician determine the source of pain, swelling, or infection in many parts of the body. It is also used to image the breasts and to guide biopsy of breast cancer.

What conditions can ultrasound evaluate?

Your physician may request an ultrasound study for diagnosis or certain conditions:

  • gynecologic
  • abdominal
  • pelvic
  • cardiac
  • obstetric
  • neonatal

Is ultrasound helpful in diagnosing heart and vascular disease?


Echocardiography (cardiac ultrasound) is used to show structures in the heart, evaluate heart function and measure blood flow through the heart.

Heart and Vascular Care – Echocardiography, or ECHO 

Vascular Ultrasound performs peripheral arterial and venous studies to identify blockages of blood flow to the brain that might produce a stroke or mini-stroke.

Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) occurs when there is a plaque buildup in the arteries that carry blood to your head, organs, and limbs. It is a common disease that affects approximately 12 million people in the United States. The diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease is often overlooked because of the subtlety of the symptoms, which include*:

  • cigarette smoking
  • diabetes mellitus
  • older age (over 40)
  • hypertension
  • hyperlipidemia, an elevation of lipids in the bloodstream
  • hyperhomocysteinemia, high homocysteine level in the blood

Ultrasound technology has improved the diagnostic process tremendously.

With knowledge of arterial blood flow gained from an ultrasound image, the radiologist can often determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty.

Reasons your physician may request a venous ultrasound study include:

  • finding the cause of long-standing leg swelling. In people with varicose veins, the valves that keep blood flowing may not work well. Venous ultrasound can help the surgeon decide how best to deal with this condition.
  • aid placement of a needle or catheter in a large interior vein. Sonography can help locate the exact site of the vein and avoid complications such as bleeding or air in the chest cavity.

*Information for peripheral arterial disease found from the American Academy of Family Physician, www.aafp.org, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, www.nhlbi.nih.gov, and the American Heart Association, www.americanheart.org.

Is Hunterdon an accredited ultrasound site?

Yes. Hunterdon Medical Center is an approved Diagnostic Medical Sonography Site by the American College of Radiology, offering you assurance that the ultrasound you receive here is the best and most technologically advanced ultrasound that is offered.

What ultrasound technology does Hunterdon use?

Medical Imaging at Hunterdon Medical Center employs state-of-the-art ultrasound technology, including Acuson ultrasound scanners for high-definition imaging.

Where can I find more information or schedule an ultrasound at Hunterdon?

To find out more or to schedule an ultrasound study at Hunterdon Medical Center, call 908-788-6388.

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