WHAT IS A GENERAL ULTRASOUND?
A general ultrasound, also known as sonography, is a medical test that uses sound waves to develop ultrasound images from the inside of your body. An ultrasound helps the doctor or radiologist see the problem in the body’s internal organs without needing to make an incision.
WHAT ARE SOME USES OF THE GENERAL ULTRASOUND TEST?
An ultrasound can help physicians evaluate pain, swelling, infection or other symptoms that require an internal image of your body. It can provide a view of:
- Heart and blood vessels
- Brain (in infants)
Ultrasound is also used to:
- Guide surgeons’ movements during biopsies
- Diagnose variety of heart problems
- Evaluate tumors
- Detect and treat soft-tissue injuries
- Determine due dates in pregnancy, reveal the gender of babies, rule out ectopic pregnancies
TYPES OF ULTRASOUNDS
- Bone sonography
- 3D imaging
- 4D ultrasounds
- Trans-vaginal ultrasounds
- Trans-rectal ultrasounds
- Trans-esophageal echocardiogram
HOW DOES GENERAL ULTRASOUND IMAGING WORK?
Ultrasounds use sound waves to produce ultrasound images of internal organs within your body. An instrument called a transducer emits high-frequency sound and then tracks the echoes as the sound waves bounce back to determine the scale, shape and strength of soft tissues and organs. The pictures are generated on a computer screen in real time.
PREPARING FOR AN ULTRASOUND
Depending on the type of ultrasound test you are having, your doctor might give you specific orders, such as not eating or drinking anything for a number of hours prior to the test. You will be asked to wear a comfortable, loose fitting gown during the procedure. The radiologist will apply lubricating gel on your skin to prevent friction when the ultrasound transducer is rubbed on your skin. A typical ultrasound usually takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour.
GENERAL ULTRASOUND AT MANHATTAN MEDICAL ARTS
Manhattan Medical Arts is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound units where screenings for a wide range of conditions are offered. If you would like a consultation with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call Manhattan Medical Arts at 645-454-9000.