Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 4/11/2007 2:47 pm
Ultrasound is a technique that uses ultrasonic pressure waves at a very high frequency to view internal organs. Ultrasound is used to examine organs or structures that won't show up on X-rays. Because it doesn't produce harmful radiation like X-rays do, it's useful for monitoring the developing fetus during pregnancy. To begin this painless procedure, you lie face up or face down, depending on the organ that's to be studied. A lubricant is smoothed over the appropriate area of the body, and a transducer, which looks like a microphone, is pressed back and forth over the lubricated area. Images then appear on a monitor,and photographs are taken at specific intervals by the attending technician. Ultrasound is also used during amniocentesis (am-nee-oh-sin-TEE-suss) to determine the position of the fetus, so a needle can be safely guided into the amniotic (am-nee-OT-ick) sac to obtain a fluid sample. For more information on ultrasound procedures, consult a health care professional.

Featured Segments/Shows

All content © Copyright 2015 Intermountain West Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
You may also view our Sitemap

Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
Mobile advertising for this site is available on Local Ad Buy.