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Radiology - Ultrasound Department

Ultrasound Department


  • 602-277-5551, ext. 7611, option 5

Hours of Service

  • 6:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Monday- Friday
  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday


  • Bldg. 1 (Main hospital) - 2nd floor above Emergency Department, Room D210.

NOTE ABOUT SERVICE ANIMALS: Any person bringing any guide/service or program therapy animal into the facility must follow these guidelines:
  • Service or guide dogs will accompany the handler at all times unless doing so would either create a fundamental alteration, impede the treatment of patients, or the area has restricted access.
  • Areas off limits to service animals/guide dogs include, but may not be limited to:
    • Radiology procedure areas
    • Procedure and negative air pressure rooms
    • Areas where invasive procedures are being performed
    • Laboratory/Phlebotomy areas
    • Medication preparation areas
    • Decontamination, sterile preparation and storage areas
    • Food preparation areas
It is important to be aware that VA staff cannot take control of any service animal, cannot take the service animal to a kennel or boarding facility, and cannot attempt to board the service animal themselves on VA property. A service animal must be under the control of a handler or alternate handler at all times.

Patient Preparation

Ultrasound preps are very basic:
  • Abdominal exam: Biliary, complete abdomen and elastography exams require you to be fasting for six (6) hours.
  • Pelvic and bladder exams: These require a full urinary bladder. Drink 32 oz. of water one hour before your scheduled appointment time.
  • Nonfasting exams: Kidney, aorta, thyroid, scrotum, and palpable masses.

Staff Roster

  • Margarita Strumpfer-Felix ARRT (14 yrs)
  • Sharon Hartman ARDMS (16 yrs)
  • Gloria Mendoza (8yrs)
  • Dale Coffee ARDMS (7 yrs)
  • Brent Burton(5 yrs)

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is ultrasound?
A. Ultrasound also called sonography is a non-invasive, safe, painless diagnostic procedure that emits high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the images from the reflections. There is no radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

How does ultrasound work?
A. These “real-time” images are saved for our radiologist. The images produced give information about size of the organs and can detect any abnormalities.

Q. What can I expect during an ultrasound?
A. You will lie on a cushioned table and a specialized trained sonographer will apply a water soluble gel on the part of the body being tested.  Your technologist will place a small handheld device called a transducer over the area being examined and gently move it around. You will not feel pain, but may be asked to change positions or hold for short periods of time

Q. Is ultrasound harmful?
A. After many years of using diagnostic levels of ultrasound, no harmful effects have been demonstrated.

Q. How long will this exam take?
A. Most exams require 15 to 45 minutes (not including registration). Patients should plan on being in the department for approximately one hour.

Q. Why do I need to fast for my exam?
A. Fasting eliminates much of the air in the stomach, which ultrasound cannot go through. In addition many foods contract the gallbladder thus preventing visualization.

Q. Can I eat if I’m a diabetic?
A. A light meal. Such as toast and some juice.

Q. Can I take my medication if I ‘m having a fasting exam?
A. Yes, with some water.

Q. Why do I need a full bladder when getting a pelvic exam?
A. The bladder is used as a window to see through the bowel in the pelvis. This allows better visualization of the uterus and the ovaries.

Q. When will my physician receive the report?
A. Reports are generated after the Radiologist interprets the images. This is usually done on the same day as you exam. The report is dictated at this time for transcription and the report is sent out to your ordering physician within 24 hours. Please remember the sonographer will not be at liberty to give you a verbal report at the end of your exam.