What is an ultrasound?
An ultrasound, also known as sonography, is a procedure in which sound waves are used to develop ultrasound images of your body. The main instrument used to capture and record these sound waves is called a transducer. A trained radiology specialist can view the information that is captured in real time on a computer monitor and detect abnormalities inside a human body.

A few benefits of an ultrasound over other radiographic procedures is that it is generally less expensive, painless, non-invasive, and free of any harmful radiation. Ultrasound reveals abnormalities in the soft tissue better than a traditional X-ray.

What is an ultrasound used for?
Ultrasounds are used for a variety of problems:
    Since an ultrasound does not use any harmful radiation, it has always been a popular diagnostic tool during pregnancy. It is used to monitor the development of the fetus, reveal the gender of the baby, and detect any developmental abnormalities.

    As a diagnostic tool
    Ultrasounds can help doctors diagnose various diseases and disorders that involve multiple organs and soft tissues. Organs which are routinely evaluated with an ultrasound include the heart, blood vessels, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, uterus, ovaries, thyroid, breasts, and testicles.

    As a therapeutic tool
    Certain sprains and soft tissue injuries can be successfully treated with ultrasound by a trained physical therapist. Ultrasounds can also be used to localize and guide drainage of internal collections such as removing pocket of fluid or infection from abdominal cavity.
What to expect during an ultrasound?
The ultrasound procedure is very safe. You may have to follow specific instructions before your procedure, depending on the type of ultrasound you are receiving. Specific instructions may include abstaining from food or drink hours before the procedure.

You should come to your procedure wearing clothing that is easily removable. You may or may not have to wear a gown, depending on the area being evaluated. Once you’re lying down, a special type of gel will be applied to the area being scanned, allowing for a smooth contact by the transducer. The gel may feel cold. The procedure can last roughly 30 minutes to an hour, and will not cause any pain.

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