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How Ultrasound Imaging

Actually Works?
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How Ultrasound Imaging Actually
Works?

Many people who hear the term Ultrasound


imagine a pregnant woman who is trying to get a
sneak peek of her unborn child by getting an
ultrasound. Though this is one of the most common
uses of ultrasound, it actually has many other
applications.
How Ultrasound Imaging Actually Works

Also known as sonography, an ultrasound center in


Bangalore uses sound waves to develop
ultrasound images of the body and tells you what
is going on inside it. The instrument known as
transducer emits high-frequency which is inaudible
to human ears, records the echoes as sound
waves and determines the shape, size, and
consistency of soft tissues as well as organs.
The sonographers or ultrasound technicians
receive a special training in how to perform a test.
Then comes the radiologist or the doctor who
interprets the ultrasound images. Ultrasound can
help in diagnose and treat certain conditions.

What are the Uses of Ultrasound Tests?


Apart from confirming and dating a pregnancy,
this diagnostic tool also has many medicinal uses.
Ultrasound diagnosis certain conditions and guide
doctors through precise medical procedures.
Types of Ultrasound

Most of the ultrasound test procedures are done


using the transducer on the surface of the skin.
However, in order to get better images, doctors use
a special transducer which can be inserted into the
body via natural openings.

Transvaginal Ultrasound: A transducer wand (also


known as transvaginal ultrasound) is placed in a
womans vagina to attain better images of her
ovaries and uterus.
Transrectal Ultrasound: A transrectal ultrasound is
used to diagnose prostate conditions.

Transesophageal Echocardiogram: A
transesophageal echocardiogram uses a
transducer probe in the esophagus to get better
and clearer images of the heart.
Advantages of Ultrasound
Ultrasounds have ample benefits to offer:

Ultrasounds are generally painless and dont require


needles, injections, or incisions.
Ultrasound is safer than X-rays and CT scans as it
doesnt require any exposure to ionizing radiation. It
also doesnt provide any harmful effects when used
directly.
Ultrasound captures better images of soft tissues that
cant be achieved through x-rays.
Ultrasounds are less expensive than other methods
and are widely accessible.
What to Expect During Your Ultrasound

Your doctor may offer special instructions like no


consumption of any food or drink before getting an
ultrasound. It totally depends on the type of ultrasound
you are getting.

On the day of your ultrasound, wear comfortable


clothes that can be easy to remove or partially
remove. In some cases you may need to wear a gown
or disrobe, however, the ultrasound technicians can
easily access the area that is required to be screened.
The technician will apply a water-based gel to the
area so that the transducer can easily glide without
any air between.
Typically, an ultrasound takes 30-60 minutes to
complete and doesnt cause any sort of discomfort.
The technician will also tell you what they see during
the test. However, you should wait for the doctor to
confirm the findings that your ultrasound technician
discussed with you during the ultrasound scan.

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