What is a Ultrasound ?
Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. When the sound waves strike an object they bounce back and produce echoes. By measuring these echo waves, it is possible to determine how far away the object is and its size, shape and consistency (whether the object is solid, filled with fluid or both). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels or movement of joints or tendons in the musculoskeletal system.
What are the uses of ultrasound ?
Ultrasound examinations are used to help diagnose a variety of conditions. Ultrasound may be helpful to evaluate symptoms such as pain, swelling, infection and blood in the urine. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the:
Benefits of a Ultrasound
Ultrasounds offer many advantages: They are generally painless and do not require needles, injections, or incisions. Patients aren’t exposed to ionizing radiation, making the procedure safer than diagnostic techniques such as X-rays and CT scans. Ultrasound captures images of soft tissues that don’t show up well on X-rays.
Preparations will vary depending on the type of procedure, for example:
Risks of a Ultrasound
Diagnostic ultrasound and/or sonography is considered a safe, noninvasive procedure by most every medical community, in part, because it uses low-power sound waves. No major medical source in the U.S. has cited that there are any direct risks from a diagnostic ultrasound exam harmful enough to prevent it’s use.
When the exam is complete, a radiologist will review your images electronically. Your physician will receive a report and images detailing the findings from your exam within 24 hours