Ultrasound

Doctor performing a neck ultrasound.

Ultrasounds (or sonograms) use a computer and high-frequency sound waves to create images that are captured in real-time. They are convenient, painless, non-invasive, and yield quick results.  

Common uses for ultrasounds include:

  1. Diagnose heart disease and/or assess damage following a heart attack
  2. Guide needle biopsies
  3. Asess blood flow 
  4. Evaluate internal organ function 
  5. Assess swelling, pain and infection

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Locations

Hillcrest
UC San Diego Medical Center
Mon-Sun: 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.

La Jolla
Thornton Hospital
Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*All other hours covered on an
on-call basis.

Prenatal Ultrasounds

For prenatal ultrasounds, contact the Fetal Care and Genetics Center in Sorrento Valley,
858-657-7200.

Ultrasounds at UC San Diego Health System

The ultrasound team at UC San Diego performs thousands of exams each year. These exams include 3D ultrasounds, contrast-enhanced ultrasounds, echoencephalography, and pulsed and color Doppler ultrasounds of the abdominal and peripheral arterial and venous systems.

We provide high-resolution diagnostic ultrasound exams for the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis (e.g., obstetrical ultrasound)
  • Neck
  • Breast
  • Scrotum
  • Extremities
  • Prostate
  • Carotid arteries
  • Testicles/scrotum
  • Thyroid
  • Musculoskeletal system

All of our clinicians are registered diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists, and accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound.