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Ultrasound scans (aka US) are
medical imaging tests that physicians use to discover, treat, and
monitor disease. Ultrasound machines send sound waves into your body and then "listen to the reflections". Computers then generate images from the reflected sound waves which are interpreted by physicians.
Ultrasound can be used to image many parts of the body. Ultrasounds are very
good at looking soft internal organs such as the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, heart, spleen, thyroid, arteries of the neck (carotids), uterus, bladder, ovaries and more.
They are also be used by physicians during biopsy procedures and surgery.
The technology was introduced during World War 2 and has been adapted for medical uses. Today tens of millions of Ultrasound scans are done every year. Here are some commonly ordered Ultrasound scans and the sort of disease they are tailored to look for:
It helps to be prepared in advance of your appointment time. You will need to get a Radiology referral or prescription from your doctor. Check to make sure the facility you choose takes your insurance plan and your plan. Get preparation instructions
from the facility’s staff in advance. Although you should follow your
doctor’s advice, you can choose a local imaging center to perform your Ultrasound test. Our Radiology Search tool will help you find a Radiology center and learn more about your local imaging services (if you don’t find an imaging center in your area, please let us know).
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