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Ultrasound

Ultrasound examination, also called sonography or diagnostic medical sonography, is an imaging method that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce precise images of structures within your body. The images produced during an ultrasound examination often provide information that's valuable in diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions. Despite its valuable uses, ultrasound can't provide images of all areas of your body. But there are several other imaging alternatives

Why ultrasound is used

You may need to undergo an ultrasound for a variety of reasons. Ultrasounds may be used, among other things to:

  • Evaluate a fetus
  • Diagnose gallbladder disease
  • Evaluate flow in blood vessels
  • Guide a needle biopsy
  • Check your thyroid gland
  • Study your heart
  • Diagnose some forms of infection
  • Diagnose some forms of cancer
  • Reveal abnormalities in the scrotum and prostate
  • Evaluate abnormalities of the muscle and tendons

Preparing for the exam

How you prepare for an ultrasound depends on which area of your body needs evaluation:

  • Some ultrasound exams require no preparation.
  • Others require that you forgo food and liquids for up to six hours before the exam.
  • Still others require that you not urinate before the exam to ensure that your bladder will be full, allowing better visualization of the uterus, ovaries or prostate.

When scheduling your ultrasound, ask your doctor for specific instructions for your particular exam.

Safety

Diagnostic ultrasound is a safe procedure that uses low-power sound waves. There are no direct risks from a diagnostic ultrasound exam.