What IS an Ultrasound?

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Most people assume ultrasound scans are affiliated with only pregnancy, such as an expectant mother with the first view of her unborn child. However, the test has many other uses that provide us insight to even the slightest of problems inside of our bodies, without making a single incision.

Your doctor may order an ultrasound if you’re having pain, swelling, or other symptoms that require an internal view of your organs. An ultrasound can provide a view of the bladder, eyes, gallbladder, kidneys, liver, ovaries, pancreas, spleen, thyroid, testicles, uterus, blood vessels and even more!

The transducer on the ultrasound machine sends high-frequency sound waves throughout your body. These waves echo as they hit a dense object. For example, organ or bone. The echoes are then reflected back into a computer screen to form a picture that can be interpreted by the doctor.

An ultrasound carries minimal risks. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, ultrasounds do not use any sort of radiation. For this reason, they are the preferred method for examining a developing fetus during pregnancy, which is why Ultrasounds are normally so closely affiliated with being pregnant.

The array of ultrasound machines at Innovative Ultrasound Imaging Inc. make it easy to provide painless, non-invasive views of what needs to be checked out in any part your body.

Come by the office today to get checked out!

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