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Ultrasound 2018-04-11T10:50:08+00:00
Theresa Porcarelli, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Meet our tech…

Theresa Porcarelli, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

Tere has extensive training and expertise in ultrasound.  A Diagnostic Medical Sonographer since 1975, she has become proficient in all modalities of ultrasound.  She established the Ultrasound Departments at Kootenai Medical Center in 1978.  Over the past six years she has provided ultrasound imaging and guidance for Vein Clinics Northwest.  Her passion is to continue to provide superior professional imaging for patients.  She maintains the highest national credentials.  “Obstetrical Ultrasound is very gratifying to me. The mystery of the unborn child becomes visible via ultrasound imaging devices.” says Tere.

She enjoys living and working in our growing community.  She and her husband have raised two wonderful sons. “We love, appreciate, and respect all the beauty of the great outdoors offered in all seasons.  We have been engaged in Coeur d’ Alene’s huge arena for 35+ years and we feel blessed to provide our professional services here.”

Services Available

  • Medical ultrasound screening of the baby. Read and interpreted by radiologist
  • Endovaginal
  • Gender
  • Full Evaluation
  • Reproductive Organs
  • Abdominal Organs
  • Breasts
  • Thyroid
  • Vascular

Frequently Asked Questions

Will ultrasound harm my baby?

Ultrasound has been used for over 35 years. Harmful effects in cells of experimental animals or humans have not been demonstrated in the large amount of studies that have so far appeared in the medical literature purporting to the use of diagnostic ultrasound. Findings in one study reporting lower birth-weights in babies exposed to prenatal ultrasound have not been reproducible.

I want to know the sex of my baby, can you tell me that?

Usually by 20 weeks the genital of the baby can be easily seen, however ultrasound can never be 100% accurate in determining the sex of your baby due to many different factors such as, baby’s position, amniotic fluid level and patient size.

Do I have to have a full bladder?

Yes, “Fluid is our friend” and we’ve found that being well hydrated prior to the ultrasound makes for better images as the level of amniotic fluid around the baby may actually increase with adequate fluid intake.

Can family and/or friends be present at the time of the ultrasound?

Yes, we encourage patients to bring whomever they’d like to have share in this special experience. Siblings are welcome to participate. However, young ones may get bored with the process and may need someone to care for them.

“For You created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me where written in Your book before one of them came to be.”

–Psalms 139:13-16