Ultrasound

Ultrasound ia a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize subcutaneous body structures including tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs. Ultrasounds are commonly used to detect or aid in the detection of abnormalities and conditions related to pregnancy. Ultrasounds are usually combined with other tests, such as dual marker, triple marker tests, to validate a diagnosis.

After positioning the patient, the radiologist will apply a warm water-based gel to the area of the body being studied. The gel will help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body. The transducer is placed on the body and moved back and forth over the area of interest until the desired images are captured.

The benefits of ultrasound techniques are:

  • Most ultrasound scanning is noninvasive.
  • An ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it should not be painful.
  • Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe and does not use any ionizing radiation.
  • Ultrasound allows the doctor to see inside the uterus and provides much information about the pregnancy.

There aren’t any harmful effects on humans when it comes to diagnostic ultrasound.