Ultrasound (US) imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The reflected soundwave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation is involved in ultrasound imaging, which makes 3D Ultrasound a safe option for fetal imaging.
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including the liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder and certain blood vessels. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs, and enable physicians to see things such as blood flow and organ motion. 3D Ultrasound imaging technology also offers incredible imaging capabilities for fetal obstetric imaging.
These procedures do require preparation and an appointment. You must bring the written requisition form from your physician and arrive a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the examination.
For women with dense breasts and those with certain risk factors, breast ultrasound is a tool for additional breast cancer screening. Along with a mammogram, the two scans together can give a radiologist a more complete picture of the breast in order to diagnosis disease. An ultrasound uses no radiation, which is an important consideration for patients, especially women of childbearing age.