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General Ultrasound Treatment Information
Ultrasound allows technologists and physicians to view movement within your body. The technologist doing the scan captures video of the inside of your moving body so your physician can observe the speed and direction of blood flowing through vessels. We also take still pictures during the scan to be viewed by radiologists and your physician.
The technologist or physician doing the ultrasound applies a gel to your skin near the part of the body to be examined. A small wand called a transducer is held against your skin while the technologist observes the ultrasound image on a monitor. The transducer emits sound waves, which bounce back and are captured to form the picture on the screen.
Our general ultrasound services include:
- Conventional ultrasound. We use this technology to see various organs throughout the chest and abdomen. These include the heart, liver, kidneys and bladder. Ultrasound is often used to show the fetus during pregnancy.
- Doppler ultrasound. We observe the rate and direction of blood flow using Doppler ultrasound. This is useful for examining various blood vessels to detect a reduced flow rate.
In some cases, we use specialized transducers to see parts of the body that may be more difficult to see using general ultrasound. For example, we place a special transducer in the rectum to make a sonogram of the prostate gland.
IU Health has advanced technology that allows us to use ultrasound to examine an increasing number of organs and other parts of the body. These specialized ultrasound procedures provide internal images your physician needs to see without exposing you to radiation.
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The American College of Radiology and Radiological Society of North America features extensive information about ultrasound and how it benefits you and your physician.