What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound uses low to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they are able to show blood flowing through the blood vessels, as well as the movement of the body's organs and its structure. A hand-held device called a transducer is placed on the patient's skin. A gel is placed on the area of interest and is used to help transmit the sound into the body. The transducer both sends the sound waves and receives the reflected sound waves. These signals are then sent to a computer for processing. The images that are produced can then be displayed on a monitor or printed on paper, film and CD-ROM.

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the:

  • Heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
  • Abdomen ◦ Liver ◦ Gallbladder ◦ Spleen ◦ Pancreas ◦ Kidneys ◦ Bladder
  • Uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Scrotum (testicles)

Ultrasound imaging is usually a painless medical procedure test. This test helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions, It also helps physicians diagnose symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Infection

Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate:

  • Blockages to blood flow (such as clots)
  • Narrowing of vessels (which may be caused by plaque)
  • Tumors and congenital malformation

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