What is it?
Ultrasound imaging or sonography involves exposing part of the body to be examined to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of internal organs of the body. Since no radiation is used, it is a safe test. Doppler ultrasound can evaluate blood flow through arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
What can it detect?
Ultrasound can be used to examine internal organs, diagnose a variety of conditions, assess organ damage and detect blood clots/ blockage of blood flow. It is also used to guide procedures like needle biopsies of suspected lesions for diagnosis.
I am having an ultrasound.
Wear simple clothes and minimal jewellery on day of study. Carefully follow addition instructions given by your doctor.
You may be asked to change into gown, then will lie down on bed. Gel will be applied to skin and a probe placed on it for the exam. Information collected by probe will be used to create an image.
You will receive results of your test after report is generated. Discuss study report with your doctor.