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“Ultrasonography” or more widely known as “Medical Ultrasound” is a diagnostic technique which uses high frequency ultrasound waves in order to produce images of internal body structures such as muscles, tendons, vessels and joints. The motive is to find the source of a disease and then take measure s to treat the same.
In order to get the ultrasound image, an equipment called “Transducer” is used which transforms electric current into sound waves that are induced into various tissues of the body. These sound waves are usually absorbed or are bounced back as crystals in the head of the Transducer.
E.g Sound waves easily permeate through areas which are empty or fluid filled such as the bladder, various blood vessels etc. These areas are visibly dark on the screen. Portions that are filled with tissue , somewhat allow penetration and refraction of these sound waves to some extent and thus give grayish white image. Extremely hard structures such as bones give a bright white image since the ultrasound waves completely rebound to the transducer.
A commonly used phenomenon during pregnancy, Ultrasonography allows Doctors to view the image of a women’s womb in order to assess the overall development of the baby, detect abnormalities if any and gender of the baby if required. It can measure the cervix and ovaries as well.
In case an abdomen is to be examined, the patient might be asked not to eat or drink for a number of hours before the test.
Once everything is set, the technician applies a thick gel on the skin over the area that has to examined , in order to ensure effective sound transmission . The Transducer is carefully placed on the skin and gently moved over the area that has to be examined.
Depending on the body part that needs to be evaluated, the technician at times, inserts the transducer into that organ. E.g. in order to get a better image of the uterus and ovaries one needs to insert the device into the vagina or into the anus to get a precise image of the prostate gland.
A boon to the field of Medicine, Ultrasonography has a number of uses. Some of them are listed below:
The super successful and useful Ultrasonography is not devoid of loopholes. To list a few:
Variations of Ultrasonography : Ultrasound details can be displayed in a several possible ways :
The most practiced one is the “ B-Mode” Ultrasonography
It is basically used to evaluate the moving objects, such as the RBC in the blood and can be used to evaluate if the heart is functioning well or not . It can also be used to detect blocked blood vessels, narrowed arteries etc.
Over here , the blood flow information is shown as a graph and can be very helpful in determining as to how much of a blood vessel is blocked.
It combines spectral and b-mode Ultrasonography .
This form is used to assess the risk of stroke as it helps the doctors to identify blockage of arteries in the neck and head.