Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs and to examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It’s also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.
Ultrasound is safe and painless, and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin.
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the:
heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
uterus, ovaries, and unborn child (fetus) in pregnant patients
thyroid and parathyroid glands
brain in infants
hips in infants
spine in infants