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Ultrasound

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound exam is a safe diagnostic procedure that uses very high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of many of the internal structures of the body. Originally developed in the late 1950's, over the years this technology has much improved, resulting in images of outstanding detail and clarity.

The department is accredited with the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.

Our team of sonographers are comprised of registered technologists who specialize in vascular, breast, abdominal and general ultrasound.

Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available, Monday through Friday.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-781-453-3044.


What is a CT Scan?

The CT Scan scanner is a state of the art 64 multi-slice unit. This enables us to produce image “slices” that are less than 1 millimeter thick allowing for detailed imaging. This multi-slice technology allows the technologist and radiologist to then take all the “slices” and manipulate them into 2D & 3D images.

Most CT scans require an injection of an IV contrast material. This is done to better visualize vascular structures. In addition most abdominal or pelvic CT scans require that the patient drink a thin, barium based oral contrast to better visualize the gastrointestinal tract. At BID Needham these are available in vanilla, mocha, or berry flavors.

Our schedulers will assist with any required exam preparation needed.

The department is accredited with the American College of Radiology and the technical staff all maintain the required credentials to perform CT exams.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-781-453-3044.


Why have an ultrasound exam instead of an X-ray or CT scan?

Ultrasound uses sound waves, not X-rays. Multiple studies have shown that these sound waves are harmless and may be used with complete safety, even on pregnant women, where CT or X-rays would be inappropriate. In some other cases, either CT or ultrasound could be used to establish a diagnosis, but ultrasound exams are typically quicker and less expensive. Your physician will order the best kind of exam for your situation.

The results of ultrasound exams are very much dependent on the skill of the operator. For this reason, Beth Israel Deaconess hospital - Needham employs personnel with extensive ultrasound training to perform these exams.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
148 Chestnut Street
Needham, MA 02492
781-453-3000