What is General Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. 

How should I prepare?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.

You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

Preparation for the procedure will depend on the type of examination you will have. For some scans your doctor may instruct you not to eat or drink for as many as 12 hours before your appointment. For others you may be asked to drink up to six glasses of water two hours prior to your exam and avoid urinating so that your bladder is full when the scan begins.

 

What are some common uses of the procedure?

Ultrasound examinations can help to diagnose a variety of conditions and to assess organ damage following illness.

Ultrasound is used to help physicians evaluate symptoms such as:

• pain

• swelling

• infection

Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the:

• heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches

• liver

• gallbladder

• spleen

• pancreas

• kidneys

• bladder

• uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients

• eyes

• thyroid and parathyroid glands

• scrotum (testicles)

• brain in infants

• hips in infants

• spine in infants

Ultrasound is also used to:

 

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