When is an ultrasound used?
Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound to:
- Examine breast changes, including lumps that could indicate breast cancer (breast ultrasound).
- Help diagnose certain muscle, tendon and ligament conditions.
- Examine internal organs, including your heart (echocardiogram).
- Evaluate blood flow in your veins and arteries (Doppler ultrasound).
- Guide minimally invasive procedures, such as needle biopsies and cortisone injections.
- Investigate causes of pain, swelling or infection.
- Monitor pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Ultrasound tests for infants
When you baby needs an ultrasound, trust ProHealth for safe, gentle tests, including:
- Head ultrasound – Creates pictures of the brain and cerebrospinal fluid.
- Transcranial Doppler ultrasound – Shows blood flow in the brain.
- Hip ultrasound – Checks for developmental dysplasia (dislocation) of the hip.
What to expect
For most ultrasound exams, you’ll lie face-up on an examination table that can be tilted or moved. Your radiologist or sonographer (a technician who performs diagnostic ultrasound tests) applies a warm water-based gel to the area of your body being examined, and then moves a transducer back and forth over the area. You may feel some pressure, but the exam doesn’t hurt.