What are the uses of Ultrasound?

Ever since the introduction of the technique in the 1930s the application of ultrasound to assess the health of an individual has only been increasing. Ultrasound can be used to scan any region of your body. Some of the most common uses of ultrasound are the following.

  • Confirmation of a viable pregnancy and assessment of progress during the same.
  • Detection of developmental/ structural abnormalities in the fetus
  • Diagnosis of gallbladder disease/ obstruction
  • Evaluation of blood flow in blood vessels
  • Assessment of the thyroid gland in your neck
  • Evaluation of the heart and diagnosis of cardiac problems
    • Revealing the presence of infection in a specific area of the body
    • Determination of abnormal structures/ growth in a particular area

      Example: Cysts, abnormal growth, tumor etc.
    • Revealing abnormalities in the reproductive organs

In some cases, certain invasive procedures can be performed under ultrasound guidance. For example, if there is a large fluid collection within the kidney, it can be drained through a small puncture made through the skin.

A majority of the ultrasound examinations are non invasive. However, in some cases, the ultrasound transducer may be inserted into an existing/natural opening in your body to get additional information.

Transrectal ultrasound:

The transducer is inserted into a man's rectum to view the prostate.

Transvaginal ultrasound:

The transducer is inserted into a woman's vagina to view the uterus and ovaries.

Transesophageal echocardiogram:

The transducer is inserted in your esophagus to obtain images of the heart.


BenSpock Friday, May 17, 2019

Very nice blog, Dr.Reeja

You have deftly articulated on the types of Ultrasound and its uses. Ultrasound is used in several areas such as diagnostics, pregnancy, medical procedures and therapeutic applications. It has been particularly helpful in the field of Obstetrics because it's non-invasive and doesn't use radiation, making it safer for the fetus.

sangkoo Tuesday, June 25, 2013

how does the ultrasound observe the flow of blood and bone density?

shanons90 Friday, October 26, 2012

ok but how is ultrasound used in bats?!?!? xoxo

jodiex Wednesday, March 2, 2011

this sounds so bad but atleast we have ultra-sound we need it to help this world xxxxx my

marly Friday, January 29, 2010

If I am to have a KUB ultrasound am I not allowed to eat anytime before the procedure?

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