Ultrasound or sonography is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as real-time images. No radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging.
In 3D imaging, the sound waves are sent from different angles. The returning echoes are processed by a computer program, which produces a three-dimensional image. 4D images are essentially 3D images that are set in real time.
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions.
Common Ultrasound procedures include:
OB Ultrasound. Evaluates anatomy and size, aiding your obstetrician in the delivery of a healthy baby.
Abdominal Organs. Aides in the identification of pathology in the abdomen, OB/GYN, Testicular and Prostate.
Vascular Ultrasound. Examination of arteries and veins, such as the carotid arteries, to detect and precisely locate any possible blood flow obstruction.
Thorancenstesis/Paracentesis. Ultrasound guided procedure used for the removal of fluid for diagnosis and therapeutic purposes.