An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure

Ultrasound Walk-in Clinic

An ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses sound waves to produce pictures of the insides of your body. It is a painless and non-invasive exam that does not involve radiation.

Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound if you are experiencing symptoms that could point to something wrong with your health. An ultrasound can detect the development of a pregnancy, diagnose an internal injury or disease, and show blood vessels in your body.

There are several types of ultrasounds, including abdominal (belly) and obstetrical Ultrasound Walk-in Clinic (in the uterus) ultrasounds. A technician uses a special probe to press over the skin and capture images on a computer screen.

The procedure typically lasts about 30 minutes to an hour. The technician uses a gel over the area being scanned to prevent air pockets that can block the sound waves. The technician then moves the probe around to get a picture.

Some people feel a little pressure when the ultrasound wand is pressed over the surface of their stomach, but this is not painful and will be felt only for a short time.

If you are having an internal scan, your health care provider will need to know whether you have a latex allergy, so they can use a special probe cover. This will help prevent any possible complications from an allergic reaction to latex.

How to Prepare for an Ultrasound

Depending on the type of ultrasound being performed, you will need to drink a lot of water prior to your appointment. Your doctor may also suggest that you refrain from eating and drinking for 12-hours before your exam. You should avoid urinating as well.

You will need to wear loose-fitting clothing during your ultrasound. If you need to change into a gown, the sonographer will give you one.

It can be helpful to have a friend or family member with you to help explain what is going on during the ultrasound. This will help you feel more comfortable and reduce any nervousness that may arise during the process.

If you do not have insurance, an ultrasound may be cheaper to do at a walk-in clinic or urgent care facility instead of a hospital. This will be because these facilities have less staff, supplies and upkeep costs than hospitals.

Many of these facilities are not part of a major healthcare network, so you should call them to find out their prices and determine what you will be able to afford.

The average cost of an ultrasound without insurance ranges from $100 – $1,000. This can vary significantly between states and facilities, so you should shop around to find the most affordable option.

A good place to start is with your health insurance company. Ask if they have an in-network ultrasound provider and then make an appointment.

You can also find out if you qualify for free or low-cost ultrasounds by visiting your local Planned Parenthood health center.

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