Ultrasound

HealthCenter - The Imaging Center

Ultrasound is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves similar to the sonar that dolphins and submarines use. It is both safe and painless and enables a physician to see images and movement inside the patient's body.When sound waves are recorded, they are immediately displayed on a monitor in real-time. The echoes produced by these sound waves can be used to determine many things inside the human body including how large an organ is, blood flow and function, and how far away an object is. Although most individuals are familiar with an ultrasound as the device that allows them to see the "first" picture of their unborn child, physicians also use ultrasound to examine many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, pancreas, liver, bladder, and kidneys, to name a few.