Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound imaging uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the inside of the body, instead of radiation. The sound waves bounce off of organs and tissues like an echo to create images on a specialized computer screen. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Common Uses of Ultrasound Imaging

  • To help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection
  • To evaluate the development of a fetus in a pregnant woman
  • To diagnose heart conditions and assess damage after a heart attack
  • To view blockages to blood flow (such as clots) and narrowing of vessels
  • To guide procedures, such as needle biopsies
  • To image the breasts and guide biopsy of breast cysts or masses
  • To examine many internal organs, including but not limited to:
    • Heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
    • Liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, and scrotum
    • Thyroid and parathyroid glands

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