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Ultrasound (Sonography)

What is General Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. 

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

What are some common uses of the procedure?

Ultrasound is used to help physicians evaluate symptoms such as:
  • pain
  • swelling
  • infection
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the:
  • heart and blood vessels
  • liver
  • gallbladder
  • spleen
  • pancreas
  • kidneys
  • bladder
  • uterus, ovaries, and unborn child in pregnant patients
  • eyes
  • thyroid and parathyroid glands

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