What is Ultrasound Imaging?

Ultrasound is a simple, safe, painless diagnostic procedure that bounces high-frequency sound waves off parts of the body and captures the returning “echoes” as images. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound.

There are many different types of ultrasound exams. Ultrasound is able to detect abnormalities (as in the breast) and capture moving images of pelvic and abdominal function (including gallstones), the male reproductive system, the kidney and thyroid systems, as well as the developing fetus and many other uses. When enhanced with a special Doppler technique, an ultrasound can also capture moving blood images of large blood vessels and moving images of the heart using echocardiography.