Ultrasounds in Clinton, MD

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound (Diagnostic Sonography) is a safe, non-invasive and usually pain-free medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to visualize various body structures including tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. Ultrasound images are captured in real time, allowing the evaluation of organ structures while in motion. For example: the movement of the fetal heart as it beats, blood traveling through blood vessels, and even a stream of urine entering the bladder. Ionizing radiation is not used in ultrasound, which makes it a safe alternative for imaging pregnant women.

Ultrasound Exams Offered at Radiology Imaging Associates

  • Renal Ultrasound
  • Prostate Ultrasound
  • Testicular Ultrasound
  • Vascular Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
  • Hysterosonsonogram
  • Doppler Ultrasound
  • Neck (Soft Tissue) Ultrasound
  • Retroperitoneal
  • Cartoid Duplex
  • Venous/Arterial Duplex/Doppler
  • Scrotum Ultrasound
  • Extremity Non-Vascular/Vascular
  • OB/Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • Nuchal Translucency (NT)
  • Biophysical Profile

2D/3D/4D Dimensional Imaging

The ultrasound image typically represents tissue in shades of gray in two- dimensions, 2D. Recently, 3D and 4D techniques have been developed and these images can be shaded in colors to highlight various tissues.

Pregnancy/Obstetric Ultrasound

Commonly used to evaluate the fetus and reproductive organs during pregnancy.

Nuchal translucency imaging may be utilized in in conjunction with maternal blood testing to assess risk of chromosomal abnormalities.

Keepsake Pregnancy Pictures

3D/4D imaging is frequently used to image the fetus during obstetrical sonography and we understand how important these first baby pictures are to parents. Depending on the stage in pregnancy and the cooperation of the baby to “pose” or turn for the sonographer, these images can provide stunning portraits.

RIA is please to provide these pictures as part of diagnostic ultrasound ordered by a physician, but in keeping with professional standards cannot provide “keepsake” imaging without an order. Although there is no evidence ultrasound could be harmful for the fetus, the US FDA views “keepsake fetal videos” to be an unapproved use of a medical device.

Breast Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging of the breast is used to visualize the internal structures of the breast. It is an effective tool for differentiating solid from cystic tissue, to assess breast implants or to image palpable lumps.

Sometimes Doppler is utilized to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in a breast mass, which can provide additional information for evaluation the cause of the mass.

Breast ultrasound is often the initial imaging technique for evaluating palpable breast masses in women who have not reached the age or 35 and not started routine mammography screening.

RIA utilizes specialized transducers for greater breast imaging resolution.

Doppler/Vascular Testing

Doppler is a specialized ultrasound study that examines blood vessels for narrowing, blockages and venous malformation. Doppler ultrasound may be useful to differentiate vascular from non-vascular structures in any location.

Locations that offer ultrasound exams

Pembrooke – Waldorf, MD
Heritage – Clinton, MD
Patuxent – Prince Frederick, MD
Sterling, VA
Lansdowne, VA

How do I make an appointment?

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COVID-19 Update

The Governors of Maryland and Virginia have closed all non-essential businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Radiology centers have been classified as essential services. 

The health, well-being, and safety of our patients and staff is our top priority. We are committed to helping stop the spread of COVID-19. We have taken steps to continue providing only critical service required to meet the needs of the community.  After very careful consideration we have decided to reschedule all non-urgent imaging appointments as well as consolidate our services by adjusting hours and center openings. To protect everyone, we are closely following the guidance of local, national and global health authorities – including the CDC – in addressing current challenges. As circumstances continue to change, we will keep you informed.

As the situation continues to develop in our community, we want to maintain our ability to provide quality service while safeguarding the health and safety of our patients and staff. We realize these are tenuous times and we are actively monitoring the ongoing situation and following the latest available CDC guidelines. In an effort to limit the risk of exposure for our patients and our employees who may be in high-risk categories, we are asking that you:

Please do not go to a Fairfax Radiology Center/Radiology Imaging Associates location if ANY of the following apply:

    1. You have cough, fever, or shortness of breath
    2. You have traveled by airplane or to New York City in the past 14 days or less
    3. You have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or who is undergoing a test (results pending) for COVID-19.

Instead, please contact your physician for instructions. Patients may call to reschedule their appointment once they are symptom and fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of medication.

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