Ultrasound is a common diagnostic procedure that uses sound waves like sonar to create a moving picture of your body. Because sound waves are used instead of radiation, you will feel little or no discomfort.
No doubt you associate ultrasound with pregnancies. Actually, it does play a key role in assessing pregnancy. It enables us to determine size, as well as helps us evaluate the growth rate, position, movement, breathing, and the heartbeat of the fetus. However, it is also helpful in the detection, diagnosis, and the monitoring of a number of potential problems, including:
- Abdominal Disorders, Gallstones
- Eye Disorders
- Pelvic Disorders
Ultrasound is ideal in studying blood vessels. Using doppler techniques, we are able to visualize the small particles, such as red blood cells and protein particles, in the blood. The one limitation of ultrasound is that it is not able to see through air or bone. That is why it is not used to evaluate the brain, spine or chest.