What is an Ultrasound Scan?Also called sonography or ultrasonography, this extremely accurate diagnostic imaging procedure uses sound waves to produce images of soft tissues which can not be duplicated with x-ray.
A sound wave passes into the body and strikes various organs sending back echoes which are interpreted by a transducer, a hand held instrument placed against the body and passed over a specific area during the exam.
Transducers are placed inside the body for some exams, such as the endovaginal test where a transducer slightly larger than a tampon is inserted into the vagina.
How do I prepare for an ultrasound?
Before certain exams, your physician may ask you to drink fluids or to empty your bladder. Avoid gas-producing foods for 1-2 days prior to the exam. No other preparation is needed.
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