Ultrasound imaging is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure that sends sound waves through the body, captures the returning echoes, and displays the image on a monitor. There is no injection of contrast dyes or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound, making it safe for adults and children alike.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center provides many different types of ultrasound exams, including abdomen, pelvis, thyroid, renal, scrotum, gynecologic, obstetrics, organ transplant, pediatric, aorta, and musculoskeletal. We also offer doppler studies, a technique developed to image blood flow in the vessel and document vascularity of different structures.
With state-of-the-art equipment, we are also able to offer high-frequency ultrasound exams for musculoskeletal conditions involving joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Ultrasound is also our primary procedure for thyroid biopsy and musculoskeletal interventions.
The UMMC ultrasound department has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in nuclear medicine as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards.