Ultrasound

What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound (US) imaging is a method of obtaining images of internal organs by sending high-frequency sound waves into the body. The reflected sound waves’ echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image.


Types of Ultra Sound

  • Carotid and Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound Imaging
    Ultrasound of the carotid arterial system is a fast, noninvasive means of identifying blockages of blood flow in the neck arteries to the brain that might produce a stroke or mini-stroke. Ultrasound of the abdominal aorta is primarily used to evaluate for an aneurysm which is an abnormal enlargement of the aorta usually from atherosclerotic disease.

  • Venous Ultrasound Imaging
    The most common reason for a venous ultrasound exam is to search for blood clots, especially in the veins of the leg. These clots may break off and pass into the lungs, where they can cause a dangerous condition called pulmonary embolism. If found in time, there are treatments that can prevent this from happening

  • Abdominal Ultrasound Imaging
    An abdominal ultrasound image is a useful way of examining internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder. Because US images are captured in real time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow. This can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess damage caused by illness.

  • Pelvic Ultrasound Imaging
    Pelvic ultrasound is most often used to examine the uterus and ovaries and, during pregnancy, to monitor the health and development of the embryo or fetus. In men, a pelvic ultrasound usually focuses on the bladder and the prostate gland.

  • Obstetric Ultrasound Imaging
    Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sound waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus.
    Obstetric ultrasound should be performed only when clinically indicated. Some indications may be:

    • To establish the presence of a living embryo/fetus.
    • To estimate the age of the pregnancy.
    • To diagnose congenital abnormalities.
    • To evaluate the position of the fetus.
    • To evaluate the position of the placenta.
    • To determine if there are multiple pregnancies.

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