At Perry County Memorial Hospital, ultrasound imaging is performed with state-of-the-art equipment that produces clear images for the radiologist and patient. Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a noninvasive test that exposes part of the body to high-frequency sound waves, which produces a picture of the inside of the body.
Unlike x-rays, ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Ultrasound imaging is a helpful way of examining many of the body's organ tissue. Some examinations are:
- Obstetrics—the unborn child (fetus) in women.
- Heart and blood vessels.
- Uterus and ovaries.
- Scrotum (testicles).
At PCMH, Doppler ultrasound study can be performed as part of an ultrasound examination. Doppler ultrasound is a special technique that evaluates flow through blood vessels, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician see and evaluate:
- Blockages to blood flow, such as clots.
- Narrowing of vessels, which may be caused by plaque.
- Tumors and congenital malformation
When an ultrasound is performed, the patient often lies face-up on an examination table. The sonographer (ultrasound technologist) must use a clear water-based gel on the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body. The sonographer will then press the transducer firmly against the skin to see the area from many angles.
Learn how to prepare for an ultrasound exam here.
PCMH Radiology Department
For questions: 573-768-3295
To schedule an appointment: 573-547-4288
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