You will be asked to lie on an exam table. The exam is performed using the ultrasound machine and a device that both emits and receives sound waves called an ultrasound probe. A clear gel is applied to the skin on the area that is being scanned. This gel allows sound waves to travel back and forth between the probe and the area that is being imaged to allow the sound waves to pass into your body. The technologist will move the probe over the area of interest until the desired images are captured.
Ultrasound exams are painless and usually very quick. Once the imaging is complete, the clear gel will be wiped off your skin and you will be able to resume your normal activity.