Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a
method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use
of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded
and displayed as a real-time visual image. Ultrasound is a useful way
of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not
limited to the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and
bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can
show the movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians
to see blood flow and heart valve functions. This can help in diagnosing
a variety of heart conditions and assessing damage after a heart attack
or other illness. Ultrasound remains the procedure of choice for expectant mothers.
Ultrasound During Pregnancy
During the ultrasound, high-frequency sound waves pass through the mother’s
body and her baby’s. You can’t hear the sound waves, but the
ultrasound equipment can. It converts them to a visual image on a monitor,
allowing expectant parents and the physician to “see” the
baby inside the uterus.
If you are having an abdominal ultrasound during pregnancy or to diagnose
an abdominal condition, you will lie down on the examination table and
a layer of gel or oil will be applied to your abdomen so the sound waves
more easily reach your baby. Then the transducer, a device that produces
and receives the sound waves and sends them to a computer, is slowly moved
back and forth over your abdomen. The sound waves are used to create a
picture called a sonogram, which can be viewed on a TV monitor. The procedure
is painless and takes less than half an hour.
Garden City Hospital’s Center for Breast Care offers ultrasound evaluation.
A breast ultrasound examination is an investigative technology used for
taking a closer look at areas of your breast that your doctor still has
questions about after doing a mammogram and clinical breast exam. An ultrasound
test may be useful if you have dense breast tissue, your mammogram shows
an indistinct mass, or if a lump can be easily felt during a clinical
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