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Ultrasound and OB Ultrasound

Ultrasound and OB Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is safe and painless. It produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging is also called ultrasound scanning or sonography. It uses a small probe called a transducer and gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves travel from the probe through the gel into the body. The probe collects the sounds that bounce back. A computer uses those sound waves to create an image. Ultrasound exams do not use radiation (as used in x-rays). Because images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs. They can also show blood flowing through blood vessels. This is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

OB Ultrasound

Obstetric ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of a baby (embryo or fetus) within a pregnant woman, as well as the mother's uterus and ovaries. It does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and is the preferred method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies.

Benefits of Ultrasound

  • Most ultrasound is non invassive.
  • Ultrasound is widely available and easy-to-use
  • Ultrasound imaging does not use radiation.
  • Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on x-ray images.
  • Ultrasound is the preferred method for the monitoring of pregnant women and their unborn babies.
  • Ultrasound has been used to evaluate pregnancy for nearly four decades and there has been no evidence of harm to the patient, embryo or fetus.
  • Ultrasound allows the doctor to see inside the uterus and provides much information about the pregnancy.