Ultrasound Imaging, also known as ultrasonography and diagnostic sonography uses sound waves to capture images of soft tissues and organs in the body in real-image images. There is no radiation dose associated with the ultrasound scan.
Ultrasound is frequently used with pregnant women, and for female reproductive imaging. It is also the examination of choice in young women with pelvic pain. Ultrasound provides a detailed evaluation of abdominal structures, in particular, gallbladder problems. It serves as a supplementary exam for evaluations of breast masses.
Ultrasound is useful to study blood flow in larger arteries. It is commonly used to search for abnormal narrowing of the carotid arteries and to monitor aneurysms of the abdominal aorta.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging technique adds a different and complimentary dimension of imaging evaluation to the traditional modalities of plain radiography, computerized tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ultrasound guidance can be used for joint, bursa, nerve and tendon sheath injections.
- Jewelry, watches, credit cards and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged.
- Pins, hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, which can distort images.
- Removable dental work.
- Pens, pocketknives and eyeglasses.
- In most cases, an Ultrasound exam is safe for patients with metal implants, except for a few types.