Imaging Services > Ultrasound
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Also known as sonography, ultrasound tests use sound waves to create images of what’s happening inside the body. An instrument called a transducer emits a high-frequency sound, and the echoes the sound waves produce help determine size, shape, and consistency of soft tissues and organs under the skin.
This data is then transferred to images on a computer screen, which is produced in real time. An ultrasound technician, or sonographer, will perform the test, and a radiologist or doctor will interpret the results.
Ultrasound imaging has many uses for confirmation, diagnosis, and treatment of medical conditions. Some of these include:
Types of Ultrasounds
In most cases, your doctor will use a transducer on the surface of the skin to perform an ultrasound. In some cases, though, a better image can be created by inserting a special transducer into one of the body’s openings, including:
Several other types of imaging are possible with ultrasound technology:
Benefits of Ultrasounds
Ultrasounds come with several benefits:
What to Expect
A few things to expect before or during an ultrasound test include: