Ultrasound Imaging

 

Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view soft tissues such as muscles and internal organs. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

 

In an ultrasound exam, a hand-held transducer is placed against the skin. The transducer sends out high frequency sound waves that reflect off of body structures. The returning sound waves, or echoes, are displayed as an image on a monitor. The image is based on the frequency and strength (amplitude) of the sound signal and the time it takes to return from the patient to the transducer. Unlike with an x-ray, there is no ionizing radiation exposure with this test.

 

Ultrasound imaging is used in many types of examinations and procedures. Some examples include:

 

  • Doppler ultrasound (to visualize blood flow through a blood vessel)
  • Bone sonography (to diagnose osteoporosis)
  • Echocardiogram (to view the heart)
  • Fetal ultrasound (to view the fetus in pregnancy)
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsies
  • Doppler fetal heart rate monitors (to listen to the fetal heart beat)

 

Ultrasound imaging has been used for over 20 years and has an excellent safety record. It is non-ionizing radiation, so it does not have the same risks as x-rays or other types of ionizing radiation.

 

Ultrasound exams are scheduled exams that are performed Monday through Friday from 7am to 3pm.

 

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