Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs and blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions and to assess organ damage following illness, including:
Ultrasounds are also used to:
Doppler ultrasounds, which use sound waves to see how blood flows through a blood vessel, can be used to evaluate:
With knowledge about the speed and volume of blood flow gained from a Doppler ultrasound image, the physician can often determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty.
You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Some scans will require that you not eat or drink anything for as many as 12 hours before your exam. Other scans may require that you drink up to six glasses of water two hours before your exam without urinating to ensure a full bladder. Please ask your doctor if you have any prep instructions before coming in for your ultrasound.
Finding Out the Results
The radiologist analyzes the images and sends a report of the diagnosis to your referring doctor, who will then discuss the ultrasound examination results with you.
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