Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning, sonography or echocardiography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays).
Ultrasound is commonly used to look for subtle differences between healthy and unhealthy areas in organs of the neck, abdomen and pelvis. It also helps locate and determine the extent of disease in blood vessels, as well as provides images of small areas such as the thyroid gland, carotid arteries and testicles. Because ultrasound images are captured in real time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Additional Imaging Information
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a radiologist, call Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital at 314.996.8080.
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