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Ultrasounds Specialists

First Care Medical Clinic -  - Family Practice

First Care Medical Clinic

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Charlotte, Albemarle, Monroe, and Gastonia, NC and Rock Hill, SC

An ultrasound is an effective in-office imaging test your doctor uses to diagnose the source of pain or abnormalities in the structure of organs or blood vessels. With the help of the expert medical team at First Care Medical Clinic, with five North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and two offices in Charlotte, as well as a clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina, you can undergo an ultrasound right in the clinic. If you need an ultrasound, book an exam either online or by phone with any office location.

Ultrasounds Q & A

How Does an Ultrasound Work?

An ultrasound is a safe and effective imaging test your doctor uses to gather quick images and videos of your internal structures. This in-office test involves gliding a handheld tool called a transducer over your targeted area. 

The transducer sends live images to a monitor that your provider views. You’re even able to see the images as your provider explains exactly what they’re looking at.

Unlike an X-ray, an ultrasound doesn’t use radiation to gather images. Instead, an ultrasound uses sound waves that are undetectable to the human ear. These sound waves bounce off internal structures to create the images.

Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

Your physician at First Care Medical Clinic may recommend an ultrasound for a variety of reasons. The team provides general ultrasounds, vascular ultrasound diagnostic testing, and multiorgan ultrasounds to diagnose or rule out:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Kidney stones or gallstones
  • Heart abnormalities
  • Growths or tumors
  • Thyroid nodules 
  • Bladder problems

In some cases, women need to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound for pelvic pain. This type of ultrasound works in the same manner as a traditional ultrasound, except your technician places a thin wand into your vagina to get closer images of your reproductive organs and surrounding tissues. A transvaginal ultrasound is helpful for diagnosing ovarian cysts, pregnancy complications, and uterine issues. 

What Does an Ultrasound Feel Like?

An ultrasound is a quick and painless procedure. The caring team at First Care Medical Clinic ensures you’re comfortable during every stage of your ultrasound. 

While you get to lie back and relax and shouldn’t feel any pain, if you’re sore in a particular area, the ultrasound might cause some pressure discomfort as your provider moves the transducer over the area. This discomfort lasts only for a split second.

For women who need a transvaginal ultrasound, you may feel some slight pressure from the probe. But just as with a general ultrasound, at no time should you be in any severe pain.

Click on the online scheduler to book your ultrasound appointment at First Care Medical Clinic today. You can also call the clinic nearest you to schedule.