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What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasonography (i.e., ultrasound) is a diagnostic technique that images the body’s inner structure and is usually used in conjunction with radiography (X-rays) and other diagnostic measures. It can be used for a variety of purposes, including examination of an animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder and bladder, or to determine and monitor a pregnancy. An ultrasound can also detect potentially harmful fluid, cysts, tumors and abscesses.


Ultrasound Specifics

This procedure is noninvasive and painless. It is performed by applying a transducer, a small handheld tool, to the part of the body from which an ultrasound image is needed. Gel is used to help the transducer slide over the skin surface in order to create a more accurate visual image. Sound waves are emitted from the transducer into the body, where they bounce off various organs. The sounds are then fed back through the transducer and are projected onto a viewing monitor. This process does not involve radiation.

For your convenience, our ultrasound technology is digital, so images and results can be sent electronically to board-certified radiologists for same-day consultations, as needed.