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Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create pictures. It is particularly effective for studying organs in the abdomen and pelvis (liver, gall bladder, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, bladder, uterus, ovaries and testicles). It is also used to evaluate fetal development, certain breast conditions and the thyroid gland. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation as used in X-rays.
Ultrasound images are captured in real-time and can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood as it flows through a blood vessel. Color Doppler is used to examine the carotid arteries in the neck to look for narrowing. It is also used to look for blood clots in veins and to check the circulation of the arms and legs.
Preparing for Your Exam
Ultrasound preparation varies depending on the particular study. For some type of scans, an empty stomach may be required. Generally, a full urinary bladder is necessary for a proper ultrasound examination. It is advisable to drink up to six glasses of water, two hours prior to your exam. Avoid urinating so that your bladder is full when the scan begins.