Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. The reflected sound wave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body’s internal organs, including but not limited to the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. This can help in diagnosing a variety of heart conditions and assessing damage after a heart attack or other illness. Ultrasound remains the procedure of choice for expectant mothers.
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Ultrasound During Pregnancy
Garden City Hospital’s Center for Breast Care offers ultrasound evaluation. A breast ultrasound examination is an investigative technology used for taking a closer look at areas of your breast that your doctor still has questions about after doing a mammogram and clinical breast exam. An ultrasound test may be useful if you have dense breast tissue, your mammogram shows an indistinct mass, or if a lump can be easily felt during a clinical breast exam.