Information for Patients

Ultrasound Services

The VCU Medical Center Department of Radiology uses the latest in medical imaging technology to provide the highest levels of patient care and safety. Ultrasound technology is an integral part of the ability of radiologists to diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions.



What is ultrasound and how is it used?

Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves to create an accurate image of the inside of the body. Medical usage of ultrasound has been around for over 50 years and has proven to be a valuable tool for physicians in helping to diagnose and treat their patients. Ultrasound generally utilizes a small, portable device outside the body to project sound waves directly into the body and to create images of muscles, tendons and many internal organs. Since ultrasound technology uses sound waves instead of ionizing radiation, there is no risk of over exposure to radiation and is extremely safe for the patient.

Below are some samples of ultrasound imaging used for diagnosis.













Ultrasound at VCU Medical Center Department of Radiology

The Department of Radiology at VCU Medical Center prides itself on having experts that utilize the latest and most advanced techniques and technologies in the treatment of our patients. Accredited by the American College of Radiology in General and Gynecological sonography (ultrasound), the Department of Radiology offers a wide variety of services and procedures utilizing ultrasound.

Diagnostic Ultrasound

  • Abdominal
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Kidney
  • Spleen
  • Aorta
  • Pancreatic transplant
  • Pelvic
  • Pylorus
  • Thyroid/neck
  • Scrotum
  • Extremity
  • Transcranial
  • Baby head, hip and spine

Ultrasound Guided Procedures

  • Thoracentesis
  • Biopies of the thyroid, lymph node, liver and kidney
  • Drainage
  • Aspira catheter placement

Our Staff

Our highly trained physicians and clinical staff are dedicated to providing our patients and referring physicians the very best of medical service. Our physicians are certified by the American Board of Radiology and our technologists are registered diagnostic medical sonographers. Our goal is to service our patients in the quickest and most accurate manner possible.

For more information or to contact Dr. Prasad, click HERE.

What to expect

During an ultrasound exam, you usually lie on an examination table. A small amount of gel is applied to your skin helping to eliminate the formation of air pockets between the ultrasound and your body. During the exam, a technician will press a small hand-held device against your skin over the area of your body being examined, moving from one area to another as necessary.

While there are no direct risks from an ultrasound exam, there are limitations on the diagnostic capabilities of ultrasound. Because sound waves do not travel well through air or bone, ultrasound is not the most effective choice for imaging parts of the body that contain gas or are obscured by bone. Other types of tests may be ordered by your physician such as CT, MRI or X-Ray.

For detailed instructions on how to prepare for your ultrasound exam, click HERE.

Contact Us

Ultrasound services are conveniently located in multiple locations for easier access for our patients and referring physicians:

For more information or to set an appointment, call us at:

Our order form can be found HERE.

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