When you need an ultrasound, look to Montage Health for expert care. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula is accredited in ultrasound by the American College of Radiology. You’ll benefit from qualified staff, advanced equipment, and proper procedures that lead to accurate results.

What is ultrasound?

Ultrasound (sonogram) devices make gentle sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. This technology doesn’t use radiation, so it’s very safe.

Types of ultrasound

Your doctor may order one of these tests that use ultrasound:

  • Abdominal ultrasound – Looks at the organs and tissues in your belly
  • Automated breast ultrasound – Screens for breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue
  • Biopsy – Uses ultrasound imaging to help a doctor find the right spot in your body to take a sample of unusual tissue for testing in a lab
  • Doppler ultrasound – Records movement, such as blood flow, a heartbeat, or the movement of an unborn baby (fetus)
  • Echocardiogram – Shows the heart’s shape and movement
  • Pregnancy ultrasound – Checks the health of an unborn baby
  • Pelvic ultrasound – Looks for problems in the bladder or internal sex organs

Extended hours and Saturday appointments

Take advantage of convenient hours for ultrasound tests at Community Hospital and Carol Hatton Breast Care Center. You can schedule from early morning to early evening and on Saturdays with fewer interruptions to your school, work, or family routine.

What to expect

Learn what to expect before, during, and after your ultrasound exam.

How to prepare

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. You may receive a gown to put on during the test.

Follow any instructions your care team gives you about changing your eating and drinking habits before the ultrasound.

During your ultrasound

You’ll likely lie on your back on an exam table. For most ultrasound exams, a technologist will:

  • Spread a colorless, water-based gel on your skin
  • Press a handheld wand to your skin and move it back and forth across a small area while taking pictures

Depending on what your doctor needs to see, you may instead receive an ultrasound test that places a probe inside your body:

  • Transesophageal echocardiogram, which shows the back of the heart
  • Transvaginal ultrasound, which looks at the ovaries, uterus, or other female pelvic organs

You can sometimes see your ultrasound images in real time during the exam. Most tests last 30 minutes to one hour.

After your exam

Return to your daily activities after most ultrasound appointments. If you had a sedative (relaxation medicine) before a transesophageal echocardiogram, you’ll receive special instructions for your recovery.

Getting test results

If you have an online MyChart account, you’ll likely see your test results in the patient portal within 24 hours. Your doctor will call to explain them and discuss next steps. Wait until you talk to your doctor before trying to understand what they mean.

Talk to your doctor

You’ll need a healthcare provider’s referral to receive radiology and imaging services from Montage Health. Once you have a doctor’s order, call (831) 649-7231 to schedule your test.

Sign up for MyChart

Manage your health easily and securely through our free MyChart patient portal. You can:

  • Access medical records, test results, and test prep instructions
  • Contact your care team
  • Get cost estimates
  • Pay bills

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Related locations

Choose an imaging location near you in Monterey County to see its available tests and hours of operation. Some locations offer convenient, extended hours for MRI and ultrasound exams.