ULTRASOUND DEFINITIONAn ultrasound or sonogram is a device that uses ultrasound wave imaging techniques in order to generate pictures for a variety of purposes, from checking out a fetus's health to determining blood flow (Doppler ultrasound). A sonogram can even help evaluate any area or specific organ of your body.
ULTRASOUND PURPOSEMonitoring fetal development is the most popular use of an ultrasound, although it can also be deployed as a noninvasive means of checking out subcutaneous body structures for lesions or pathology. Ultrasound that uses the Doppler affect is capable of seeing blood circulation, which then enables doctors to diagnose conditions such as artery disease and blood clots.
ULTRASOUND RISKSAn ultrasound doesn't at all carry risks unless it's done in conjunction with other tests. Because it's mostly utilized in order to check out internal organs or fetuses to monitor their health in a noninvasive manner, there's little to no chance of complications.
ULTRASOUND PREPARATION REQUIRED
Don't urinate prior to the exam. In fact, you'll be asked to drink a certain amount of water right before taking the sonogram. The preparations for an ultrasound will depend mostly on what kind of ultrasound it is and what's it being used for. Your doctor should tell you what to do before taking the test.
ULTRASOUND PROCEDUREThere are many ultrasound types, but they all entail placing an object (a transducer) near or even within your body in order to take pictures of your different body parts for the sake of medical observation. Meanwhile, the fetal sonogram involves putting the transducer on the belly of a pregnant woman to generate images of her baby.
ULTRASOUND COMPLICATIONSUltrasound usage carries no complications whatsoever. That shouldn't justify improperly using it. Caution must be observed when using an ultrasound, especially a transvaginal ultrasound that involves actual vaginal penetration.
ULTRASOUND SIDE EFFECTSUltrasound usage is free of side effects for the most part. If it's safe for the unborn child, it's safe for you as well.
ULTRASOUND RESULTSAn ultrasound should show whether or not the fetus or a certain body part of yours is in perfect working condition. The ultrasound test has a wide variety of uses, so its results will vary in accordance to its purpose. The sonogram can be used for (but isn't limited to) monitoring neurological, gastrointestinal, urological, and musculoskeletal health and disorders depending on your doctor's orders and what he's looking for.