An ultrasound involves the use of a high-frequency sound waves thru a machine that creates and shows images of the organs and all the systems in the body.


How the Test is Performed


An ultrasound machine creates images that allows various organs in the body to be examined. The machine sends out high-frequency sound waves, which reflect off body structures. A computer receives these reflected waves and uses them to create a picture. Is not like an X-ray machine or a CT scan, do to the fact that, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test. During the procedure you will be laying down and a clear water-based conducting gel will be placed upon your skin and over the area being examined, that will help with the transmissions of the sound waves.

A handheld probe called a transducer is moved over the area being examined. You may be asked to change position so that other areas can be examined.

Here are some of the most typical ultrasound test:

  Abdominal ultrasound
  Breast ultrasound
  Doppler ultrasound of an arm or a leg
  Doppler/ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)
  Doppler/ultrasound of the heart (echocardiogram)
  Duplex ultrasound
  Pregnancy ultrasound
  Testicle ultrasound
  Thyroid ultrasound
  Transvaginal ultrasound
  Vascular ultrasound
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