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What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound (also called sonography) is a medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to form images of the body's internal organs and tissues. The sound waves are transmitted into your body using a small handheld probe and converted into an image or video for display on a computer.

Ultrasound images are displayed in real time, which means that the movement of organs, babies and even blood flow can be visualized and assessed.

Ultrasounds can be used to assess many structures in the body, some of which include (but are not limited to):

  • Abdominal organs (liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, stomach)
  • Pelvic organs (kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries)
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Scrotum (testicles)
  • Breasts
  • Arteries and veins
  • Obstetrics (all stages of a developing pregnancy including Nuchal translucency genetic screening exam)
  • Appendix and hernias
  • Heart

Our qualified Medical Sonographers perform a range of ultrasound examinations including:

  • General – abdomen, pelvic and endovaginal, pelvic, kidney, hernia assessment
  • Small parts – thyroid, salivary glands, neck, scrotum, soft tissue masses
  • Obstetric – dating, nuchal translucency (11-14 weeks), detailed second trimester anatomic survey (18-20 weeks), third trimester scan for fetal growth, biophysical profile (BPP)
  • Musculoskeletal – muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints and other soft tissue components of the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions.
  • Breast Imaging
  • Vascular - carotid, venous and arterial doppler assessment, renal doppler
  • Interventional - ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration thyroid biopsy