It is well known that ultrasound technology is often used to monitor the growth of babies still in the womb; to determine due dates, prenatal health, and the sex of the child. However, ultrasound technology, which uses a transducer to transmit high-frequency sound waves into the body and translates them into images, can be also used to diagnose and prevent a wide range of conditions.
The first medical ultrasound machines began to appear in the 1960s, and exploded with the rise of computers, which allowed for more complex images and deeper penetration of tissues. Ultrasounds work by using a transducer to transmit sound waves that bounce off organ tissues and the resounding echo is captured by the transducer and turned in to 3D images by a computer. Ultrasound technology is becoming more and more common as time goes on, as imaging has become very advanced, and 3D, and even colored images can be produced by modern ultrasound transducers and computers.
Preparation for an ultrasound exam is simple. If receiving an abdominal ultrasound, patients shouldnít drink or eat anything for about 10 hours beforehand. For pelvic ultrasounds, drinking water is important, and patients should have at least 48oz. at least one hour before the test.
After the ultrasound, board-certified radiologists/sonographers review the results and interpret the data. After the referring physician receives the data, he or she will talk to the patient and let them know what the scan revealed. The patient who received the scan can then follow up with their doctor and receive further recommendations for care.
The weaknesses of sonography and ultrasound are that they do not penetrate bone or similar hard tissues. Some frequencies do not provide very deep imaging, either. For in-depth bone scans, CDI also offers a Bone, CT scans, PET scans and full-body scans.
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