Rhode Island Medical Imaging

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Ultrasound FAQS

Q: Can you tell me the sex of my baby?

A: If the baby is in a good position for the sonographer to see the genital region, the baby's sex can be determined. The sex can be determined as early as 14 to 16 weeks, although it may not be clearly visible until 20 to 22 weeks.

Q: Does a breast ultrasound show more than a mammogram?

A: Mammography is still the best way to image the entire breast. Ultrasound is used to target certain areas in question on the mammogram, as well as lumps and painful areas that the patient or physician is concerned about.

Q: Why do you have to have a full bladder for a pelvic ultrasound?

A: A distended bladder acts as a "window" through which the sound waves travel and allows the sonographer to visualize the pelvic organs. A distended bladder also displaces bowel, which can prevent visualization of the pelvic organs.

Q: Why do I have to fast for an abdominal ultrasound?

A: Fasting reduces the amount of air in the stomach and intestines which can interfere with visualization of the abdominal organs. It also ensures that the gallbladder will be distended so it can be thoroughly evaluated.

Q: How and when will I get the results of the exam?

A: Your doctor should receive a written report in 2 to 3 business days. If requested by your physician, a report can be called to him/her the day of the exam. You can get the results from your doctor.

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Lung cancer expo highlights latest research, reinforces need for funding
Posted: 11.28.17

Despite lung cancer causing the most fatalities of any cancer in the United States, funding for lung cancer research has not drastically improved for many years. The American Lung Association drove home this message and other insights during the Lung Force Expo at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on November 8, 2017.

Rhode Island Medical Imaging Makes Donation to Help Expand Access to Breast Screening and Follow-up
Posted: 11.28.17

On behalf of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH)’s Women’s Cancer Screening Program (WCSP), Governor Gina M. Raimondo accepted a $10,000 check today from Rhode Island Medical Imaging to expand financial assistance for access to breast screening and follow-up services for low-income women in Rhode Island.