Needing an Ultrasound

Reasons to get Ultrasounds are presented in two views.


Why would someone need or get an Ultrasound?

In general, ultrasounds (or sonograms) are technically used in medicine to detect changes in appearance of organs, tissues, and vessels or to detect abnormal masses. Most people think of them as what pregnant women get to see the fetus inside their body. However, they have many, many other important uses.

carotid ultrasound here in two views

Ultrasound scanning is noninvasive and is usually painless. It is widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging methods. It can be a safer option since it does not use any x-ray radiation and provides a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images. Ultrasounds can provide real-time imaging.

Physicians may use ultrasound as a diagnostic tool but it’s not limited to diagnosis. Ultrasounds can also be used in screening for disease and/or to aid in treatment of diseases or various medical conditions. Surgeons and emergency physicians aslo use ultrasound at bedside to assess abdominal pain or other concerns. Ultrasounds can even help a surgeon guide a needle biopsy and/or treatment of a tumor. And, as most know, obstetricians use ultrasound during a woman's pregnancy.

popular ultrasound here in two views

Getting an Ultrasound:

Before the Ultrasound
During the Ultrasound
After the Ultrasound


Dual thyroid ultrasound presented here in two views

Images of the thyroid, as shown above, are just one of the reasons doctors order a neck ultrasound.

Two Views of embryo Ultrasound

Above: Verifying a pregancy is just one reason doctors order an ultrasound.

mom and baby Ultrasound

Above: Having your first baby picture tops the list for best non-medical reason for an ultrasound.

Two Views of heart issue Ultrasound

Above: Identifying a problem with the heart, like the ultrasound shown above, is one reason doctors need to order these tests.

Two Views of a kidney Ultrasound test

Above: Kidney ultrasounds can be ordered to see the progress of stones, like those identified here.

endometriosis ultrasound from Two Views

The identification of an endometriosis cyst in the uterus is shown here.

shoulder ultrasound for therapy Two Views

Ultrasounds are often used as an effective form of therapy.

ultrasound measurement from Two Views

Measuring the growth of a developing fetus is one reason doctors order ultrasounds.

Two Views of baby Ultrasound length

Above: Measuring the length of fetus as 12 weeks, 2 days.

liver Ultrasound in two views

Above: A ultrasound is often ordered to view the liver.

knee Ultrasound in two views

Above: Yes, even a knee can get an ultrasounds.


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