Ultrasound imaging, also referred to as ultrasound scanning or sonography, is performed by exposing the body to high-frequency sound waves which produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, allowing them the ability to show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the vessels. Ultrasound scans are completely noninvasive, and unlike x-rays, they do not use ionizing radiation.
Ultrasound scans help physicians diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions, and help evaluate symptoms such as pain, swelling, and infection. Ultrasound is useful in examining many of the body’s organs, including the heart and blood vessels, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, liver, bladder, thyroid, uterus, ovaries, and scrotum.
Most ultrasound procedures are fast and painless, being completed within 30 to 60 minutes.
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