Ultrasound imaging, or sonography, produces images of the inside of the body using high-frequency sound waves. These images are captured in real-time, and are able to show the structure and movement of the organs. We perform ultrasound of the pelvis and abdomen for our patients. We also offer ultrasounds for the fetal well being.
Who is this procedure for?
Ultrasound imaging can be used to monitor and diagnose a wide range of conditions within nearly any system of the body. This test may be performed on patients experiencing pain, swelling or infection in a certain area of the body.
What happens during the procedure?
During the ultrasound procedure, the patient is positioned on an examination table and a warm, clear gel is applied to the area being examined. A transducer is then firmly pressed against the skin and swept back and forth to record the sound waves that are used to obtain the image. The image appears on a computer screen in real time, so that the patient and doctor can view it together.
What are the benefits of this procedure?
An ultrasound is a noninvasive, simple procedure that can be used for to diagnose many different conditions by producing images of the soft tissues, which often don’t show up well on x-rays. There is no ionizing radiation used during this procedure, and no serious side effects.