No appointment necessary for X-Rays. Walk-ins welcome.
Imaging & Diagnostic ServicesMonday - Friday,
7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.Breast Center
Monday - Friday,
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
For every imaging test performed at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, our team of physicians, nurses and technologists performing and interpreting the exams brings a wealth of experience to the case. Ongoing communication between the referring physician and our radiologists in the department is a priority — helping to keep your needs at the top of the list, every time.
Ultrasonography, which is sometimes called sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues and organs. Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function and to assess blood flow through various vessels. Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine many parts of the body such as the abdomen, breasts, female pelvis, prostate, scrotum, thyroid and parathyroid and the vascular system. During pregnancy, ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the development of the fetus.
Different ultrasound techniques exist for different conditions. Examples of some of the more common types of ultrasound examinations include the following:
At the time your appointment is scheduled, you will be instructed to go to the Main Hospital or the Sweetwater Pavilion. When you enter, go to the Information Desk and our staff will gladly direct you from there.
Arrival times vary based on the type of ultrasound that will be performed. If you are not sure of your time of arrival, please call 281-274-7170 to clarify for your specific test.
Special preparations for ultrasound exams are as follows:
Make the technologist aware of any prior surgeries before the exam.
Be sure your physician has sent the order to the hospital scheduling department or bring the order with you to your appointment.
Ultrasounds may be done on an outpatient basis, or as part of inpatient care. Generally, an ultrasound procedure follows this process:
The ultrasound technologist will use pressure during the ultrasound in order to get clear pictures for the ordering physician and radiologist. This pressure may be uncomfortable for some patients.
There are no confirmed adverse biological effects on patients caused by exposure to ultrasound waves.
A board certified radiologist will interpret your exam. Legally, the technologist cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report with the results will be sent to your physician within two to three business days. Please check with your physician’s office to discuss the results.