Ultrasound (or sonography) uses reflected sound waves to create real-time images of soft tissues, including muscles, blood vessels, and organs. Because sound waves are used, there is no radiation exposure during this procedure.
Although most commonly used to examine the fetus during pregnancy, it is also an effective tool for monitoring blood flow using Doppler ultrasound technology. Ultrasound can be used to discover abnormalities in organs, and detect narrowed arteries, clotted veins, or growths such as tumors and cysts.
Tennova Healthcare offers a variety of ultrasound procedures, including:
- Obstetric ultrasound (with the exception of second/third trimester)
- Ultrasound-guided biopsies of the breast, kidney, liver, and thyroid
- Paracentesis and thorocentesis
A breast ultrasound is often used to further evaluate an abnormality found during a mammogram. Ultrasound allows doctors to visualize the area closest to the chest wall, which can be difficult to see using mammography. This technology also helps doctors determine whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (a cyst) or is a solid mass.