What is an ultrasound used for?

Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.

What ultrasound can detect?

Ultrasound is used to create images of soft tissue structures, such as the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, bladder, and other organs and parts of the body. Ultrasound can also measure the flow of blood in the arteries to detect blockages. Ultrasound testing is safe and easy to perform.

What is done during an ultrasound?

Ultrasound (also called sonography or ultrasonography) is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging test. It uses high-frequency sound waves to create real-time pictures or video of internal organs or other tissues, such as blood vessels. An ultrasound picture is called a sonogram.

Is an ultrasound painful?

A typical ultrasound exam takes about 30 minutes to complete. It’s usually painless. However, you may have some temporary discomfort if the technician presses on an area that is sore or tender.

Can you see a tumor on an ultrasound?

Ultrasound images are not as detailed as those from CT or MRI scans. Ultrasound cannot tell whether a tumor is cancer. Its use is also limited in some parts of the body because the sound waves can’t go through air (such as in the lungs) or through bone.

Can you see stool on an ultrasound?

In addition to its ability to show both hard and soft feces, ultrasound can show significant fecal loading in patients for whom no feces was palpable.

Should I be worried about an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are Ultra-sweet! Overall, there is nothing to be worried about when it comes to having an abdominal ultrasound. Remember, feel free to ask your sonographer any questions you may have because they are there to help you.

Do you get ultrasound results immediately?

How long will it take for my doctor to receive the results of my ultrasound exam? One of our board-certified radiologists will review and interpret your ultrasound results immediately. Your doctor will receive a written report and hardcopy images within 24 hours.

Who uses ultrasound?

Diagnostics: Doctors can use ultrasounds to diagnose conditions, including those in the heart, blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, eyes, thyroid, and testicles.

What can ultrasound tell us?

Ultrasound can detect cysts, tumors, abscesses, obstructions, fluid collection, and infection within or around the kidneys. Calculi (stones) of the kidneys and ureters may be detected by ultrasound.

Why is ultrasound bad?

Why Ultrasounds Could Be Dangerous. The main concern with ultrasounds is that the sound waves carry energy into the fetus — and that energy can heat up the tissues in your growing baby.

When do we use ultrasound?

Most doctors recommend an ultrasound at around 20 weeks. During your second trimester ultrasound, you will be able to see the heartbeat and the movement of the baby.

Where do I go for an ultrasound?

Ultrasound may be done in a doctor’s office, in a special hospital suite, or at the bedside in the hospital with a portable machine.