Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves.
Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin.
• High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body.
• The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then uses those sound waves to create an image.
• Ultrasound examinations do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays), thus there is no radiation exposure to the patient.
• Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
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