ARA Health partners with Mission Health to offer the best of the best in ultrasound technology. Our subspecialty-trained radiologists continually have an eye toward the latest innovations to ensure our patients have access to state-of-the-art imaging paired with advanced care and communication platforms, streamlining delivery of results and possible treatment plans.


About Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the body's soft tissues. It does not use radiation and has no known harmful effects. Ultrasound is widely used to diagnose unexplained pain, swelling, or infection. It may also be used to provide imaging guidance for needle biopsies or to see and evaluate conditions related to blood flow.

Ultrasound technology is commonly used in the following imaging studies:

Although abdominal aortic aneurysm one of the most common vascular conditions, detection is quite difficult in the early stages. Ultrasound imaging offers fast and reliable diagnosis of abdominal aortic aneurysm.

› Learn more about our treatment options for stroke and aneurysm.
A breast ultrasound helps characterize changes in breast tissue and probe areas of concern. It helps physicians determine the exact location and size of a lump, and whether the lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid tumor.

› Learn more about breast health and screening for breast cancer.
Ultrasound screening of the carotid arteries provides a detailed look within the hard-to-reach blood vessels of the neck. This test can identify signs of plaque buildup, which is a leading cause of stroke.

› Learn more about carotid artery disease and minimally invasive treatment options for stroke.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound is used to examine the joints, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles throughout the body. Musculoskeletal ultrasound can help diagnose conditions such as arthritis, tears, sprains, trapped nerves, strains, and other musculoskeletal conditions.

You have questions. We have answers.

Below you'll find answers to some of the questions we are commonly asked by patients. Please contact our ARA Cares Coordinator at (828) 436-5500 with any additional questions or concerns.

How do I prepare for an ultrasound?
Preparation for ultrasound exams is generally quite simple but varies depending on the type of ultrasound exam. Some patients may be asked to refrain from eating for several hours before a scan is performed, because undigested food can block sound waves. Other patients may be instructed to drink large amounts of water and hold their urine, because a full bladder makes it easier to visualize organs. Your physician will provide detailed instructions before your ultrasound.
What can I expect during an ultrasound?
The sonographer will apply a water-based gel to the area that will be scanned. The gel allows the transducer (wand) to move easily back and forth, thus generating clear images. The gel also prevents air pockets that could block sound waves being used for the scan. External ultrasound scans are painless and noninvasive.