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Ultrasound produces images using high-frequency sound waves rather than x-rays. Sound waves are directed into the body from a transducer through the skin surface. When these sound waves come into contact with the internal structures, part of the sound energy is reflected back to the body surface, to the transducer where it is converted electronically into an image.
It is used to evaluate numerous structures such as the gall, bladder, spleen, liver, kidneys, breast, heart, and thyroid.
Doppler Ultrasound detects blood flow in the veins and arteries and is used to evaluate and diagnose problems such as blood clots and atherosclerotic disease. These same techniques are used to evaluate the heart at rest and for a stress echocardiogram.
Common ultrasound tests that may be ordered by your provider include:
After your test, an experienced radiologist will analyze your ultrasounds and send a report to your referring physician who will inform you on your test results.
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