Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body.
Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can also show movement of the body’s internal organs as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging.
In an ultrasound exam, a transducer (probe) is placed directly on the skin or inside a body opening. A thin layer of gel is applied to the skin to provide an optimal layer so that the ultrasound waves are transmitted from the transducer through the gel into the body.
The reflective sound waves coming back from the anatomic structure under investigation are then electronically translated to form an image of the structure.
The Images are then evaluated by the sonographer and the radiologist to look for any abnormalities or anything else that may be of note.
Common Ultrasound imaging includes (but not limited to);
- General exams – Abdomen, Pelvis, Renal, Testicular
- Breast exams – To further evaluate after mammography or in cases that mammography is not suitable
- Pregnancy – We offer the full range of pregnancy exams including; Dating, Nuchal Translucency, Anatomy plus Growth and Wellbeing. We also offer a non-diagnostic exam to identify the gender of your baby after 16 weeks
- Vascular – Exams performed on both the veins and arteries within the body, often referred by a vascular surgeon.
- Muscular Skeletal (MSK) – These exams are performed on muscles such as calved and thighs or skeletal structures such as shoulders or knees to identify injuries or inflammation.