Ultrasound refers to a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize internal structures of the body. It involves the use of a device called an ultrasound transducer, which emits sound waves and detects the echoes produced as they bounce back from different tissues and organs. These echoes are then converted into images that can be viewed in real-time on a monitor.
Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, is a non-invasive and safe procedure that does not involve the use of ionizing radiation, making it a preferred choice for various diagnostic and monitoring purposes. It can provide valuable information about the structure, movement, and blood flow of organs, as well as help in guiding certain medical procedures.
Ultrasound is commonly used in obstetrics to monitor the development and health of the fetus during pregnancy. It can also be used to examine various parts of the body, including the abdomen, pelvis, breast, thyroid, heart, blood vessels, and musculoskeletal system. Additionally, ultrasound-guided procedures such as biopsies and fluid aspiration can be performed with the help of real-time imaging.« Back to Glossary Index