Overview

Ultrasound Scans

General diagnostic ultrasound is used by all radiologists to obtain diagnostic and function information related to organs in your body. In an ultrasound procedure, high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are transmitted to tissues or organs and make echoes.

The echo patterns — interpreted by a computer — create a visual image (sonogram) of the tissues and organs under examination. Most ultrasound images are obtained by gently pressing and rolling a handheld transducer (probe) over areas of the body with a warm gel utilized to improve sound wave propagation.

Here are some areas where Ultrasound is used

  • Gynecological Organs – Ovaries, Uterus
  • Abdomen – Gallbladder, Liver, Spleen
  • Breasts
  • Male Organs – Testicles, Prostate
  • Neck – Thyroid glands
  • Kidneys, Bladder
  • Eyes
  • Blood Vessels – Arteries and Veins
  • Pregnancy – Obstetrical ultrasound is used to obtain images and corresponding measurements to measure growth and evaluate the anatomic and physiological characteristics of the developing fetus.

The Ultrasound Department performs a variety of routine and specialized sonographic procedures. In addition to the full range of standard procedures, the department offers exams such as image-guided biopsy procedures, endovaginal examinations. No ionizing radiation is employed. Therefore, the technology is safe and is frequently used in pregnancy and children.

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