Ultrasound testing (also called sonography) uses sound waves to provide a picture of organs, blood vessels, and tissues within the body without the use of radiation. This makes it safe even for pregnant women and other individuals who should avoid X-rays. An ultrasound also captures moving images rather than the still photos offered by standard X-rays, which is very helpful when studying issues such as heart function.
Along with checking up on the health and size of a baby in the womb, doctors use ultrasound studies to diagnose conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues in the body. Doctors also employ the technology to help guide their approach during certain procedures, such as a needle biopsy or joint injection.
While ultrasounds are not helpful for viewing portions of the body that hold air or gas, such as the bowel, they are very useful for spotting:
Doppler ultrasounds create images of blood flow through your vessels and are often recommended by doctors to search for blood clots and other venous abnormalities.
Ultrasounds are considered one of the safest diagnostic techniques available. They are completely painless. You may have to adjust your position at times so the technician can get a better angle on the area being studied. Otherwise, you just relax while the technician does all the work.
Depending on the region being studied, the technician may attach sticky patches (electrodes) to several areas to record your heart rate during the study. The tech then applies a specially formulated gel to the surface of the area being examined.
The technician then moves a handheld device called a transducer over the area, pressing it firmly against your skin so the device makes contact. The gel helps the transducer glide smoothly over your skin. It also helps focus the sound waves emitted by the transducer which travel through the gel and bounce (or echo) off the organ being studied. These echoes are transmitted back to a computer that creates images on a monitor for Dr. Polavarapu to review.
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