When people hear the world “ultrasound”, they usually think of one thing: pregnancy. But while fetal imaging is one of the most common uses for ultrasound, this diagnostic tool has many applications.
Pregnancy – The first and foremost application of ultrasound imaging is for pregnant women. Early on, ultrasounds can help determine due dates, reveal the presence of twins or other multiples, and rule out ectopic pregnancies. They are also a useful screening tool in helping to detect problems, including birth defects, placental issues, breech positioning, and others. Ultrasound can also determine the gender of the baby and later on, can be used to estimate how large the baby will be.
Diagnostics – Doctors use ultrasounds to diagnose a number of medical conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body. This includes the heart, blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, eyes, thyroid and many more. Ultrasounds do have some diagnostic limitations, as sound waves cannot pass through dense bone or parts of the body that hold air or gas.
While ultrasounds aren’t limited to these two applications, they are however the most common, with ultrasounds also being used to diagnose internal damage from any sustained trauma and for use during medical procedures.
Recent Innovations to Ultrasound
Due to innovations in ultrasound technology, there’s different types of ultrasonic imaging available in today’s age:
- Doppler ultrasound is a special type of procedure that creates images of blood flowing through the body.
- Bone sonography helps doctors diagnose osteoporosis.
- Echocardiograms are used exclusively to view the heart.
- 3D imaging adds another dimension to an ultrasound image, creating three-dimensional interpretations rather than 2D, flat images.
- 4D ultrasounds show 3D in real-time.
Benefits of Ultrasound Procedures
Ultrasounds offer a lot of different benefits:
- Ultrasounds are painless and are non-invasive.
- Patients aren’t exposed to any radiation, making the procedure safer than X-Ray or CT scans.
- Ultrasounds show images of soft tissue that aren’t found on X-Rays.
- Ultrasounds are accessible and available to patients of any health or age range.
Are you looking for professional ultrasound services in Calgary or Edmonton? Call CDC! Our technicians will make the procedure pleasant and comfortable, so stop by one of our clinics today and discover what Ultrasound can offer you!