Ultrasound uses sound waves and computers to produce images of the body. Ultrasound does not use radiation and can be performed quickly.
Ultrasound has many uses. It can be used to detect and localize breast cysts or solid masses. It is often used to diagnose gallstones. Ultrasound is used to examine the kidneys, liver, pancreas and spleen for tumors, inflammation, cysts or stones. Ultrasound can be used to guide needle placement for biopsies or to drain fluid from the lungs, abdomen or breast cysts.
A common use for ultrasound is in Obstetrical and Gynecologic imaging. Because ultrasound does not use radiation, it is a safe method to evaluate the well being of the pregnant woman and the fetus. Ultrasound is also used to evaluate the uterus and ovaries.
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