Ultrasound is a valuable imaging technique that can yield answers to a variety of concerns. It is safe, pain-free, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body, called sonograms. During your ultrasound exam, the technologist will coat a specific area of your skin with ultrasound gel and use a transducer wand to capture certain angles of internal tissues and organs.
The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the abdomen. It branches the iliac arteries into the lower abdomen along the pelvis. Ultrasound of these arteries can detect medical conditions that may affect blood flow, such as a bulge (aneurysm) or blockage posing a risk to rupture. It can also help to identify the cause of pain in the hips and surrounding areas.
In women, a pelvic ultrasound is performed to evaluate and measure female pelvic organs. It can be used to monitor the development of a fetus at different stages of pregnancy, as well as to determine the size, shape, and position of the uterus, ovaries, bladder, and cervix. Pelvic ultrasounds can be used to find fibroid tumors, masses and cysts, and reveal ectopic pregnancies and much more.
In males, a pelvic ultrasound can be used to examine the prostate gland as well as the seminal vesicles.
A renal ultrasound is used to examine the kidneys for abnormalities such as unusual size, shape or location. It can reveal cysts, tumors, abscesses, obstructions and other infections.
An abdominal ultrasound is used to examine organs such as the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas and kidneys. It can also be used to view blood vessels leading to these organs.
An abdomen and pelvic ultrasound is prescribed when searching for an issue that may be in one of or both of these areas. It can be used to examine organs and structures in the lower belly, as well as the bladder, ovaries, uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes in females, or the prostate gland and seminal vesicles in males.
A transrectal ultrasound is used to examine the prostate gland and the surrounding tissue. This exam can help to detect signs and determine the cause of infertility in men. It can also be used to detect and define abnormalities found in a digital rectal exam.
Images are reviewed by one of our radiologists for interpretation. Results are sent to your Health Care Provider and you will be able to discuss the results of your exam with them.
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