An ultrasound scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body. An ultrasound scan can be used to monitor an unborn baby, diagnose a condition, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures.
Why would a doctor order an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is used for many reasons, including to: View the uterus and ovaries during pregnancy and monitor the developing babys health. Diagnose gallbladder disease. Evaluate blood flow.
What does ultrasound scan detect?
Ultrasound scans, or sonography, are safe because they use sound waves or echoes to make an image, instead of radiation. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate fetal development, and they can detect problems in the liver, heart, kidney, or abdomen. They may also assist in performing certain types of biopsy.
Can an ultrasound scan detect cancer?
An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to build up a picture of internal organs. It can show changes in different organs and helps doctors to know if a lump or abnormal area is cancer or not.
What happens when you have an ultrasound?
Ultrasound scanning uses a probe thats shaped like a microphone and is passed over the surface of the skin. The high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) produce an echo which is translated into a series of detailed images that appear on a screen during the procedure.
Why would an ultrasound hurt?
The transducer sends high frequency sound waves through your body. These waves are too high-pitched for the human ear to hear. But the waves echo as they hit a dense object, such as an organ—or a baby. If youre having pain in your abdomen, you may feel slight discomfort during an ultrasound.
Why would a doctor order a CT scan after an ultrasound?
CT scans are often instrumental in diagnosing cancer and forming a treatment plan. When radiation treatment is administered, CT scans are used to clarify the position of tumors. Doctors also use CT scans to determine the efficacy of chemotherapy as the images can show just how much cancer has spread and how quickly.
Is it normal to have pain after an ultrasound?
Abdominal ultrasounds are painless, noninvasive imaging tests. You should not feel any aftereffects. Tell your doctor or care team if you have any pain or discomfort after the test. Patients often eat and drink as usual and return to normal activities right after an outpatient ultrasound.
How soon do you get results from ultrasound?
How long will it take for my doctor to receive the results of my ultrasound exam? One of our board-certified radiologists will review and interpret your ultrasound results immediately. Your doctor will receive a written report and hardcopy images within 24 hours.