What is an Ultrasound Scan or Sonography?
An Ultrasound scan, also known as Sonography, is a medical imaging test that uses sound waves to capture images of your internal body. It helps doctors to diagnose the causes of pain, swelling, and infection in the internal organs, vessels, and tissues of your body. This diagnosis is performed without any incision. For pregnant women, Ultrasound is a widely used test for viewing developmental stages of a fetus. Additionally, it helps doctors guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack.
Is Ultrasound Scan safe?
Yes. Ultrasound is a safe procedure as it does not use ionizing radiation and is non-invasive.
What are the types of Ultrasound Scans?
The following are the types of ultrasound tests available at LabFinder.
Ultrasound: Abdomen and Pelvis
- Kidneys Ultrasound
- Abdominal Ultrasound
- Abdomen and Pelvis Ultrasound
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound (AAA)
- Aorta Ultrasound
- Urinary Bladder Ultrasound
- Gallbladder Ultrasound
- Liver Ultrasound
- Pelvic Ultrasound
- T-vaginal and T-abdominal Ultrasound
- Renal Ultrasound
- Renal Artery Ultrasound
- RUQ Ultrasound
- Sonohysterography Ultrasound
- Transabdominal Ultrasound
- Transvaginal Ultrasound
Ultrasound: Extremities (Arm/Leg)
Ultrasound: Soft Tissue (Muscle)
Why is an Ultrasound performed?
Your doctor will suggest an ultrasound test if you have swelling, pain, or any other symptoms, which requires an internal view of your organs. An ultrasound will provide a clear view of the:
- Brain (only infants)
- Blood vessels
An ultrasound is also effective in guiding a doctor’s movement during a medical procedure, such as biopsies.
How do I prepare?
The steps to prepare for an ultrasound will depend on the organ or area that is being examined. Please refer to the following simple preparation guidelines or consult your doctor or the radiology center where you are being treated. Follow the doctor’s instructions and ask any questions that you may have before the procedure. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.