ULTRASOUND=Imaging Through Sound Waves
At Prohealth Advanced Imaging we perform many different types of ultrasound procedures. Some of these include evaluation of the abdomen, including the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, spleen, and appendix; the pelvis, including uterus and ovaries; thyroid; scrotum and some pediatric imaging.
Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a safe and painless radiology imaging study. Ultrasound utilizes high frequency sound waves, without radiation, to generate images of the internal structures of the body. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable our Radiologists to see blood flow.
What are some common uses of Ultrasound?
- Examining many of the body’s internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, and ovaries.
- Enabling physicians to see blood flow.
- Evaluating superficial structures, such as the thyroid gland and scrotum (testicles).
- Lower extremity vascular ultrasound to evaluate for deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
What should I expect during this exam?
The Ultrasound Procedure
During an ultrasound, you will lie on a comfortable table while a technologist performs the exam. A handheld device, called an ultrasound probe or transducer, will be moved on the surface of the skin in the area of interest after a liquid gel is placed on the probe and/or the skin. For certain ultrasound exams, specialized internal probes are used. For example, an endovaginal probe is used for most pelvic exams to create the most detailed images of the uterus and ovaries.