Ultrasound Imaging

X.        Ultrasound Imaging              

A.       Overview

  • Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves (not ionizing radiation, not x-rays) to create high-resolution two-dimensional tomographic images of structures within the body.
  • Ultrasound may be conducted safely in most volunteers, children, and pregnant women and may be repeated without risk.

B.        Facilities, Technical Capabilities & Limitations

  • Multiple diagnostic ultrasound units equipped with different frequency, linear-array, and phased-array transducers are available for a variety of human research applications. 
  • All units produce high-quality digital images.
  • Images are viewable and archived on the Enterprise-wide McKesson PACS; images can be transcribed to CDs/DVDs as needed. Other methods to transfer electronic images are available.
  • Radiology reports are viewable through SCM/AEHR and can be printed as needed.

Location

Equipment

Number

Pavilion APhilips iU221
Philips EPIQ*5
Philips Affinity1
Pavilion HPhilips iU221
Philips Affinity1
Philips CX501

C.        Hours of Operation

  • 24 hours/day, 7 days/week

D.        Personnel Resources

  • American Board of Radiology-certified, subspecialized Radiology Physicians (MDs).
  • American Board of Radiology-certified Medical Physicist (PhD).
  • American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS)-certified Ultrasound Technologists with subspecialty certification in Ultrasound

E.        Costs

  • Please discuss project and all applicable costs with Radiology Senior Research Coordinator prior to IRB and/or grant submission or renewal. 
  • Radiology costs include the technologist’s time to prepare and image the patient/human research subject according to protocol, process the image data, and archive the images to PACS and/or other archive media as required by the investigator or study sponsor. 
  • Professional services by radiology physicians and/or medical physicists are negotiable.