Ultrasound examinations and guided procedures

​Ultrasound can be used to examine most abdominal area organs, the neck area, breasts, testicles, joints, muscles and blood vessels. In most cases, it is not suitable for the examination of the skeletal system and intestinal tract.

An ultrasound examination is a painless and safe examination method. Gel is spread on the skin and the site is examined with the ultrasound device’s sensor. The examination takes 5–20 minutes.

Since the method does not utilise ionising radiation, an ultrasound examination does not cause exposure to radiation.

You need to have a referral from a physician for the examinations. In HUS imaging, an ultrasound examination is performed by a radiologist or a trained ultrasound nurse or sonographer. The radiologist provides the report on all ultrasound examinations.

In the case of abdominal area ultrasound examinations, you must refrain from eating and in the case of lower abdominal examination, the bladder must be full. No preparations are necessary for other examinations.

In addition, an ultrasound can be used to help guide procedures such as removing fluid from the lungs or taking a tissue sample of the breast. The patient receives the necessary instructions for ultrasound examinations and procedures performed with the help of ultrasound guidance from the treating physician or the treating unit.