Diagnostic ultrasound, also called sonography, is a form of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within your body. Ultrasound is very safe and involves no radiation. The images can provide valuable information for diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases and conditions.
Ultrasound is done by a skilled and registered technologist, who will use a small probe (like a wand) to put on top of the patient's skin to see the structures in the body. The pictures will then be carefully examined by the radiologist (doctor) and a report is made.
Common ultrasounds performed are:
Ultrasound pelvis (to look at the uterus, and ovaries)
Ultrasound abdomen (to look at the organs in the abdomen such as liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, pancreas)
Ultrasound thyroid (to look for an enlarged thyroid gland, goiter, or other thyroid problem)
Ultrasound kidneys (to look for stones, masses, or fluid in the kidneys)
Ultrasound OB (fetal ultrasound to look at a baby and its growth)
Ultrasound leg arteries or veins (to look for blood flow)
Ultrasound Carotid (to look at the arteries in the neck for blockage)
Ultrasound Scrotum (to look at the testicles for mass, fluid, or inflammation)
Ultrasound Prostate (to look at the male prostate gland)