An ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless test that does not use radiation. The test uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the organs and other structures in the abdomen or pelvis.
Ultrasound is typically used to evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. It is used to help diagnose conditions such as abdominal pain, abnormal liver function, enlarged abdominal organ stones in the gallbladder or kidney and aneurysm in the aorta. It can also be used to diagnose women's health issues such as pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, menstrual problems, ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids and help identify ovarian and uterine cancers.
The procedure usually takes 30 to 45 minutes. A clear gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area of interest. To view lower portions of the abdomen or pelvis in women, a transvaginal ultrasound is performed. It is very much like a gynecologic exam and involves the insertion of the transducer, a thin sterile probe placed in a lubricated condom, into the vagina after the patient empties her bladder.
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