Radiology located in Bellevue, WA

Ultrasound services offered in Bellevue, WA

Ultrasound imaging is often the key to giving you an accurate diagnosis, whether it’s an imaging test alone or part of a biopsy. Brian Jacobs, MD, provides multiple types of ultrasound at Bellevue Medical Imaging, PLLC, in Bellevue, Washington. These tests use sound waves and are safe even during pregnancy. Call Bellevue Medical Imaging or book an appointment online for an ultrasound today.

Ultrasound Q&A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is an imaging test that works by transmitting sound waves, which reflect off your organs and the other structures inside your body. The test produces a real-time feed of the inside of your body and even shows blood as it circulates through your system. Unlike other widely-used imaging tests, ultrasound imaging doesn’t use any radiation. 


Ultrasound tests can help diagnose conditions or monitor them over time. You might also need an ultrasound as part of another diagnostic procedure at Bellevue Medical Imaging, such as an ultrasound-guided biopsy. 

Which type of ultrasound do I need?


Bellevue Medical Imaging offers several types of ultrasound imaging tests. Some of them are completely non-invasive, with the handpiece (transducer) gliding across your skin. Others use probe-like transducers to enter your body through various openings. 


Dr. Jacobs tells you which type of ultrasound he intends to use for your imaging test and lets you know its purpose. Bellevue Medical Imaging provides:


  • Obstetric ultrasound
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Thyroid ultrasound
  • Vascular ultrasound


Ultrasound imaging is the go-to imaging test for pregnant women because of the lack of radiation. The imaging tests help track a baby’s growth and development. While the amount of radiation exposure you get from X-rays and other imaging tests is minuscule, it may be harmful to your baby before it’s born. 

How should I prepare for an ultrasound?


There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for an ultrasound imaging procedure at Bellevue Medical Imaging, but Dr. Jacobs might encourage you to follow a few simple instructions before you come in. Depending on the type of ultrasound you need, he might encourage you to:


  • Wear loose or comfortable clothing
  • Drink plenty of fluids before the exam
  • Avoid urinating until the exam is over
  • Avoid eating or drinking before the exam


Dr. Jacobs informs you of the purpose of your ultrasound ahead of time and promptly discusses the results with you when it’s over. Because you can see a live feed of the ultrasound as it happens, Dr. Jacobs may talk to you about what you’re seeing throughout the test. 


To find out more about the ultrasound test you need, call Bellevue Medical Imaging or book an appointment online today.