An ultrasound scan is a special exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to capture images of a person’s inner body.
This exam is often used by Doctors to study a developing fetus, as well as different areas of a person’s body such as:
And other organs
An Ultrasound can also be used to detect any blockages as well as measure blood flow to the arteries.
Ultrasound testing is safe and there are no risks to discuss.
There are other exams such as a CAT scans that are more commonly used to detect cancer. However, ultrasounds are often used to assist in guiding the needle when a biopsy is needed.
Ultrasound can also be used to provide deep heat to soft tissues in the body such as: tendons, muscles, joints, and ligaments. However, the majority of uses for Ultrasound are as a diagnostic tool rather than a treatment modality.
Once in the exam room and ready for the Ultrasound, patients will be asked to lie down on an examination bed or table. The sonographer (Ultrasound technician) will apply some gel on the skin, which will help provide better contact with the Ultrasound probe. As the technician moves the Ultrasound probe around the skin, a series of two-dimensional or three-dimensional images will appear on a monitor. Once the sonographer is able to capture the images they need, the exam will be over.
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