Ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging (sometimes called sonography) uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body, including blood vessels, tissues and organs. It is used to help diagnose the causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs and to examine a baby in pregnant women and the brain and hips in infants. It’s also used to help guide biopsies, diagnose heart conditions, and assess damage after a heart attack. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

Ultrasounds are used to view internal organs as they function, and to assess blood blow through various vessels. Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine many parts of the body, such as:

Abdominal

Ultrasound imaging of the abdomen uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures within the upper abdomen. It is used to help diagnose pain or distention and evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen and abdominal aorta. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Carotid

Carotid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the carotid arteries in the neck which carry blood from the heart to the brain. A Doppler ultrasound study – a technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel – is usually part of this exam. It is most frequently used to screen patients for blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries, a condition called stenosis which may increase the risk of stroke.

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Cranial/Head

Ultrasound imaging of the head uses sound waves to produce pictures of the brain and cerebrospinal fluid. It is most commonly performed on infants, whose skulls have not completely formed. A transcranial Doppler ultrasound evaluates blood flow in the brain’s major arteries. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Hysterosonography

Hysterosonography uses sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of a woman’s uterus and help diagnose unexplained vaginal bleeding. Hysterosonography is performed very much like a gynecologic exam and involves the insertion of the transducer into the vagina after you empty your bladder. Using a small tube inserted into the vagina, your doctor will inject a small amount of sterile saline into the cavity of the uterus and study the lining of the uterus using the ultrasound transducer. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and provides a clear picture of soft tissues that don’t show up well on x-ray images.

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Infant Hip

Hip ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, bone and soft tissues of the hip. It is used to help diagnose abnormalities and is used in infants to check for developmental dysplasia of the hip. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Musculoskeletal

Ultrasound imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Obstetric

Obstetric ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of a baby (embryo or fetus) within a pregnant woman, as well as the mother's uterus and ovaries. It does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and is the preferred method for monitoring pregnant women and their unborn babies. A Doppler ultrasound study – a technique that evaluates blood flow in the umbilical cord, fetus or placenta – may be part of this exam.

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Pelvic

Ultrasound imaging of the pelvis uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures and organs in the lower abdomen and pelvis. There are three types of pelvic ultrasound: abdominal, vaginal (for women), and rectal (for men). These exams are frequently used to evaluate the reproductive and urinary systems. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Renal Imaging

Ultrasound imaging of the kidneys uses sound waves to produce pictures of the structures within the kidneys. It is used to help diagnose kidney pain and kidney anatomy. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Scrotal

Ultrasound imaging of the scrotum uses sound waves to produce pictures of a man’s testicles and surrounding tissues. It is the primary method used to help evaluate disorders of the testicles, epididymis (a tube immediately next to a testicle that collects sperm) and scrotum. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive, and does not use ionizing radiation.

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Thyroid

Thyroid ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the thyroid gland within the neck. It does not use ionizing radiation and is commonly used to evaluate lumps or nodules found during a routine physical or other imaging exam.

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Vascular

Vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate the body’s circulatory system and help identify blockages and detect blood clots. A Doppler ultrasound study – a technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel – is usually part of this exam. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and provides a clear picture of soft tissues that don’t show up well on x-ray images.

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Venous/Vein

Venous ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the body's veins. It is commonly used to search for blood clots, especially in the veins of the leg – a condition often referred to as deep vein thrombosis. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation and has no known harmful effects.

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ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
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ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
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Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
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ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
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ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
Oconomowoc Physician Center : 1185 Corporate Center Dr., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital : 725 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
ProHealth Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital : 791 Summit Ave., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
D. N. Greenwald Center : 240 Maple Ave., Mukwonago, WI 53149
Pewaukee Clinic - ProHealth Medical Group : N16 W24131 Riverwood Dr., Waukesha, WI 53188
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