Ultrasound is an imaging exam that uses high-frequency sound waves to help doctors see inside the body. Ultrasounds are used to examine anything from heart valves to a moving baby. It is painless, safe and uses no radiation.
What you should know about ultrasound
- The sonographer will place warm gel on your body, place a transducer on that area, and obtain images for the radiologist to evaluate.
- Ultrasound provides images of soft tissue, which does not display well on traditional X-rays.
- Doppler ultrasound can be used to measure the direction and speed of blood flow.
Conditions utilizing ultrasound
Geisinger’s radiology specialists use ultrasound technology to diagnose and monitor a wide range of conditions, including:
- Fetus development
- Vascular conditions
- Disease of the liver, kidneys, spleen, gallbladder, ovaries and other organs