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Ultrasound

What is an Ultrasound?

An ultrasound test is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the organs and systems inside the body. During the test, a technician uses a hand-held probe (also known as a transducer) that sends out sound waves. The sounds waves reflect off structures within your body. The transducer receives these reflections and uses them to create an image. And unlike x-ray exams, ultrasound procedures do not expose you to any radiation.

Why Doctors Recommend Ultrasound

An ultrasound test allows doctors to see organs and structures inside the body. Ultrasound tests are commonly used to see your:


In addition, a type of ultrasound known as Doppler ultrasound can be used to examine your blood vessels and blood flow.


Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens During an Ultrasound?

Depending on the area being examined, you may be asked to drink water or refrain from eating before the test. Before the exam starts, you will be asked to lie on an examining table. The technician will apply a clear gel to the skin to allow for smooth movement of the transducer - or probe - over the skin and to eliminate air between the skin and the transducer. After that, he or she will move a hand-held probe over the area being examined. The probe will send images to a computer, where they will appear on a screen in real time and be stored. Find out how Siemens technology is taking ultrasound imaging to new levels.

How Long the Ultrasound Will Take?

Most ultrasound exams are fast and take less than 30 minutes to complete.

What Happens After the Exam?

After the exam, a doctor who specializes in reading ultrasound images will analyze the images. Results will be sent to the doctor who requested the exam, and he or she will discuss the results with you.

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