Jefferson University Hospitals


An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structures inside the body, including the heart, blood vessels, kidneys and liver. Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds do not involve exposure to radiation. For decades, experienced radiologists and technicians at Jefferson have provided the highest level of diagnosis and interpretation of ultrasounds.

Our facilities and services comprise of 15 examination rooms and more than 25 major pieces of ultrasound equipment. Our staff performs and interprets more than 34,000 examinations annually, covering all aspects of ultrasound including:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound — a procedure to make accurate diagnoses of possible digestive diseases or an aneurysm in your aorta.
  • Breast Ultrasound — a procedure that is typically recommended when your screening mammograms have shown something suspicious, and your physician needs a better look to identify abnormalities, lumps, cysts, etc.
  • Chest Ultrasound — a procedure used to assess the organs and structures within the chest, such as the lungs, mediastinum (area in the chest containing the heart, aorta, trachea, esophagus, thymus, and lymph nodes) and pleural space (space between the lungs and the interior wall of the chest).
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound — a procedure used for the diagnosis of pancreatic tumors and pancreatic cysts. It is also the most accurate technique for detecting very small stones in the gallbladder and common bile duct stones that may be too small to be seen on other imaging studies.
  • Fetal Ultrasound — part of routine prenatal care, a procedure typically performed during the second trimester to determine that the fetus is developing correctly.
  • Intracoronary Ultrasound — a procedure performed along with cardiac catheterization that uses high-frequency sound waves to look inside your blood vessels for possible coronary artery disease. The sound waves travel through a catheter (hollow tube), which is threaded through an artery and into your heart.
  • Kidney Ultrasound — a procedure to determine the size, shape and location of the kidneys and related structures such as the ureters and bladder. It can detect cysts, stones, tumors, abscesses, obstructions, fluid collection and infection within or around the kidneys.
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound — a procedure that provides images of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and soft tissue throughout the body.
  • Pelvic Ultrasound — a procedure to evaluate your pelvic organs and to diagnose conditions such as fibroid tumors or other masses within the pelvis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or postmenopausal bleeding, to name a few. It allows a quick visualization of your pelvic organs and structures including the uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes and ovaries.
  • Retroperitoneal Ultrasound — a procedure to evaluate your kidneys, bladder and aorta (the area behind the digestive organs) to help diagnose back or flank pain or blood in the urine.
  • Vascular Studies — a procedure for the evaluation of arteries and veins in the body to detect vascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, aneurysms, blood clots and varicose veins.

Make an Appointment for an Ultrasound

To schedule a radiology exam at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, please call 1-800-TJU-1662 (1-800-858-1662) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.