Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography or simple a scan, is a method of obtaining images of internal body structures using high frequency sound waves. The sound reflected off of organs, blood, and other structures is processed to form images. These images are recorded and read by a radiologist. Unlike x-ray or CT scans, ultrasound utilizes no ionizing radiation.
Ultrasound is very useful in examining internal organs. It is frequently used to evaluate heart, liver, gallbladder, thyroid, pancreas, kidneys, and other structures. Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate blood flow. These vascular or Doppler ultrasounds are used to look for clot, plaque or other blood flow abnormalities.
Services at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center also include women’s health ultrasounds. We perform ultrasound examinations for obstetrics, gynecology, and breast disease.
Ultrasound procedures typically take 30-60 minutes and require a small amount of gel to be applied to the skin. An ultrasound transducer or scan head is pressed against the area of interest to acquire images. These images are stored for radiologist interpretation.
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