Diagnostic Ultrasound in Illinois
BrightWay Imaging’s Alton facility proudly offers diagnostic ultrasound imaging. Often, ultrasounds are useful in detecting abdominal conditions, breast cysts, gallstones and even pregnancies. Our caring and compassionate staff has years of experience and training in pregnancy ultrasounds, so when you or someone you love is looking for comforting and nurturing ultrasound environment for viewing images of your baby, look no further. We serve patients in all of Southern Illinois.
Ultrasound is a radiation-free sound wave which creates an image of internal organs, vessels and tissues in the body. The image is produced by an ultrasound machine when a hand-held transducer is kept in constant contact with the body. The transducer emits an inaudible, high-frequency sound wave that passes through the body, and then bounces back to the transducer, creating an image on a television viewing monitor.
What if I have/don’t have insurance coverage?
We are in network with most insurance plans, but please call us to confirm we are in network with your plan. As you may know, being covered by an insurance plan doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be responsible for some or all of the cost incurred. To simplify this, BrightWay Imaging has All Inclusive, Capped Pricing, so even if you aren’t eligible for an insurance plan discount, you will know your out of pocket cost.
What should I expect during my ultrasound?
On the day of the exam, patients are advised to wear comfortable clothing, and may be asked to drink water, depending on the part of the body that will be examined. Water will help produce clearer images, since sound waves travel more easily through fluid. You may also be asked to avoid carbonated beverages prior to their ultrasound exam, because the air bubbles may interfere with the image.
Our certified ultrasound technologist will show you to the exam room, take a brief history, and explain the procedure to you. You may be asked to remove clothing depending on the type of exam being performed. We want to make sure you are comfortable and that we answer all of your questions.
Depending on what type of examination is required and which part of body is being evaluated, the total time for an ultrasound exam can range from 30 minutes to more than one hour. Test results will be faxed to your healthcare provider within 24 hours of the appointment date.
Please bring your insurance card, photo ID, and order with you the day of the exam.