What are Ultrasounds used for?
- Ultrasound (sonography helps see tissues and organs inside the body.
- The ultrasound procedure is used to evaluate the progress of the foetus.
- It can be used to diagnose gallstones and blood clots in the legs.
Ultrasound procedure, also referred to as sonography, enables one to see tissues and organs inside the body. The procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside the body. Ultrasound technology can help see organs that soft or filled with fluid, not much effective to examine air-filled organs or bones.
The ultrasound procedure is used to evaluate the progress of the foetus during pregnancy. Moreover, the technology can also help diagnose a lump is a cyst, size and shape of abdominal and pelvic organs, gallstones and blood clots in the legs.
For an ultrasound, a small amount of gel is applied on the skin over the area to be scanned which enables the sound waves move into your body. Then, the medical expert slides the small ultrasound instrument called transducer back and forth through this gel. The device transmits ultrasound waves into your body and receives their reflected echoes.
Those undergoing a scan are asked to hold their breath to get the best image possible. The sound waves are received by the transducer are processed by a computer. They are seen on a lighted screen in the ultrasound room. The gel is taken off after the scan is done.
There are not many precautions needed after ultrasound scan is done. You can go back to your normal routine and diet once you move out of the clinic. If ultrasound was used during a needle biopsy, your doctor may give special follow-up instructions.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team May 01, 2014
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