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Ultrasound Services at St. John’s Health

State-of-the-Art Imaging Services in Jackson, WY

An ultrasound is a device that releases high frequency sound waves that echo around the body’s internal structures and create a live-video feed of the area on a nearby monitor.

The St. John’s diagnostic imaging department has three ultrasound units, and our sonographers are registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography, a not-for-profit institution that evaluates a sonographers training and proficiency.

Our ultrasound services are used for cardiac, vascular, OB/GYN, abdominal, and small parts imaging. Below we overview some of our more specialized services.

Cardiac Testing (Echocardiography)

Cardiac ultrasounds are called echocardiograms. An echocardiogram is an imaging technique where soundwaves are emitted in the chest to view the heart. With live footage of the heart, doctors can examine how well it is functioning and if it is pumping and adequate amount of blood through the body. Echocardiograms are often done after a cardiac event to diagnose the cause of evaluate damage from a heart attack.

There is special kind of echocardiogram called a stress echocardiogram or stress test. Unlike a standard cardiac ultrasound, stress tests require patients to exercise while hooked up to machines that measure their blood pressure and heart rate. In most tests, patients have electrodes attached to their chest that connect to an electrocardiograph (ECG). Doctors monitor live footage while the patient runs on a treadmill or rides a stationary bike to assess how the heart responds to exercise. This is a useful test for determining your overall cardiac condition.

Pediatric Cardiology Consultation Clinic

St John’s partners with the Primary Children’s Health in Salt Lake City, UT to offer quarterly pediatric echocardiograms from trained specialists. Though rare, children are susceptible to heart conditions, and these medical professionals are specially trained to administer echocardiograms to children. The procedure is completely harmless and can help to diagnose:

  • Irregular heart rhythm
  • Enlarged hearts
  • Chest pains
  • Congenital heart conditions
  • Aneurysm
  • Heart failure

Breast Imaging

St. John’s breast ultrasound services are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) , a recognition awarded to imaging services maintaining the highest quality and safety standards. Breast ultrasounds are invaluable tools in the fight against breast cancer. In addition to using the images to examine abnormalities on the breast, doctors can also orchestrate minimally invasive biopsies to extract tissue samples by guiding the procedure through an ultrasound live-feed. Learn more about breast ultrasounds on our Women’s Imaging Center page.

Obstetrical Imaging

Ultrasounds are best known for their obstetrical services, which allows doctors to view a developing fetus. While an exciting moment for expectant parents, the exam lets doctors make sure things are proceeding smoothly and there are no complications that require immediate attention.

Obstetric imaging includes:

  • First Trimester Nuchal Translucency Screening (NT Test) – The NT test is used to view a fetus’s developing neck. The way this area develops informs doctors on the infant’s chances of developing conditions like Down syndrome or a heart condition.
  • Fetal Growth Assessment – This test tracks the growth of your baby so that parents and doctors can work together to take action when growth is ahead of or behind expected parameters.
  • Perinatology Specialists – Perinatology is the study of obstetric medicine during childbirth. On a bi-monthly basis, St. John’s is visited by perinatology specialists from the University of Utah. Expectant parents looking to consult with an experienced perinatologist are encouraged to schedule an appointment for this service.

Pregnancy is an exciting time, and at St John’s, we are thrilled so many parents allow us the privilege seeing them along to delivery. At our clinic, patients and staff work together to make sure babies come out happy and healthy!