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Ultrasound

Types of Ultrasound Procedures

Different ultrasound techniques exist for different conditions. Examples of some of the more common types of ultrasound examinations include the following:

  • Doppler ultrasound. Used to see structures inside the body, while evaluating blood flow at the same time. Doppler ultrasound can determine if there are any problems within the veins and arteries.
  • Vascular ultrasound. Used to see the vascular system and its function, including detection of blood clots.
  • Echocardiogram. Used to see the heart and its valves, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the heart's pumping ability.
  • Abdominal ultrasound. Used to detect any abnormalities of the abdominal organs (i.e., kidneys, liver, pancreas, gallbladder), such as gallstones or tumors.
  • Renal ultrasound. Used to examine the kidneys and urinary tract.
  • Obstetrical ultrasound. Used to monitor the development of the fetus.
  • Pelvic ultrasound. Used to find the cause of pelvic pain, such as an ectopic pregnancy in women, or to detect tumors or masses.
  • Breast ultrasound. Used to examine a mass in the breast tissue.
  • Thyroid ultrasound. Used to see the thyroid and to detect any abnormalities.
  • Scrotal ultrasound. Used to further investigate pain in the testicles.
  • Prostate ultrasound. Used to examine any nodules felt during a physical examination.
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound. Used to examine any joint or muscle pain for conditions, such as a tear.
  • Interventional ultrasound. Used to help the surgeon during a minimally invasive operation or biopsy.
  • Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS). Used to provide direct visualization and measurement of the inside of blood vessels.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound. Used to obtain direct ultrasound examination of the inside of a body cavity or organ, using an ultrasound transducer inside an endoscope (a small, flexible tube with a light and a lens on the end).

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