Our GE Logic series ultrasound unit represents the latest in ultrasound technology. It has color capabilities, and can perform Doppler assessment, as well as providing excellent images of the internal organs.
What is an Ultrasound?
Ultrasound (or “sonography”) is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to show what is inside your body.
How does Ultrasound work?
Because the body contains over 60% water, sound waves can be used in some parts of the body just as sonar is used in the ocean. Each time the sound hits a tissue interface, like a blood vessel, an echo is sent back. Sophisticated, high-speed computers can use these echoes to create a picture of your internal organs. This results in a very detailed examination which aids the physician in his or her diagnosis.
In addition, some information is displayed using color images that show blood flowing in arteries and veins. This is called color-flow Doppler.
An ultrasound examination is fast, with very little discomfort. No radiation or x-rays are necessary.
What is Ultrasound used for?
In obstetrics, ultrasound is used to examine the developing baby or fetus. Your physician may utilize this examination to confirm the age of the baby and predict the date of delivery. Performed at the discretion of your physician, ultrasound provides valuable information about the health and well being of the fetus. In most cases, obstetrical patients receive a photograph of the fetus to take home.
Ultrasound plays a very important role in gynecology. It is used to examine the pelvic organs and to evaluate pelvic masses. Ultrasound can detect abnormalities of the ovaries and uterus and is very useful diagnosing the causes of pelvic pain. Ultrasound also can help to monitor ovulation in treating infertility.
Ultrasound is also used to evaluate other organs such as the thyroid, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, breast and scrotum. Ultrasound is used to image and assess blood flow to the brain, and through the arms and legs. It can also determine the presence of an abnormal or enlarged blood vessel, such as an aneurysm.