What Is Ultrasound
Diagnostic medical ultrasound or sonography, is an imaging procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to view inside the body.
An ultrasound scan is performed by directing non-ionizing, high frequency sound waves on the patient’s body using a transducer. The reflected echos of the organs are received by the transducer and transmitted to a computer and the images are seen on a video monitor. The task of analyzing this sonographic data is performed by a diagnostic medical sonographer and physicians. The images are captured in real-time and can show movement of structures and vascular blood flow. This medical tool is used to help physicians evaluate, diagnose, and treat medical conditions
Some common medical ultrasounds include:
- Obstetrical Ultrasound for viewing the fetus.
- Abdominal Ultrasound to visualize abdominal organs and tissues.
- Gynecologic Ultrasound to visualize female reproductive organs
- Doppler ultrasound to visualize blood flow through a blood vessel, organs, or other structures.
- Breast ultrasound to visualize breast tissue.
- Thyroid ultrasound to visualize the thyroid gland and tissue
- Ultrasound guided procedures and biopsies to guide physicians collecting specific tissue or to drain fluid in various locations in the body.
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