When talking about ultrasounds, most people think of a pregnant woman finding out whether she’s having a boy or a girl. And it’s true that ultrasounds are the preferred method to examine an unborn child. But ultrasounds are useful in other ways.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency soundwaves to capture images of internal organs, vessels, and tissues like your heart, eyes, liver, and kidneys — to name a few. Ultrasound equipment is also used to guide doctors during some surgeries. Here are a few reasons why ultrasounds are beneficial.
Unlike other imaging systems like CT scans or X-rays, ultrasounds don’t use radiation. This is why ultrasounds are typically associated with pregnancy. They are used to examine a growing fetus and is preferred for such sensitive tests since they do hold minimal risk. Ultrasounds won’t harm the mother or the child and allow doctors to see what’s happening in the womb.
Painless and Non-Invasive
Ultrasounds allow doctors to see how organs are functioning without incisions, cuts, or injections. For a high resolution ultrasound, a technician will apply a gel to the testing area. The ultrasound wand will be pressed gently and directly onto the skin, which is why you need the lubricating gel. Moving the wand upon the skin will produce an image. You may have to adjust your body position for the technician to get all the necessary angles.
Quick and Easy
From start to finish, an ultrasound will take no longer than 30 minutes and the only recovery involved is cleaning off the sticky gel. You’ll be able to return to your daily activities immediately after your ultrasound appointment. Doctors will be able to see any issues with different organs, vessels, and tissues using high resolution images and can make a clear diagnosis in the most efficient way possible.