What is a General Ultrasound?
Ultrasound, also known as a sonogram, or ultrasonography, is widely used in medicine for patients of all ages. Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure that transmits high-frequency sound waves through body tissues. These sound waves are transformed into images of the internal structures of the body.
Ultrasound is used for both diagnosis and therapeutic procedures. Sonograms are performed to visualize abdominal and pelvic organs as well as tendons, vessels and other areas in the body. Obstetric ultrasound is commonly used during pregnancy. Ultrasound can be used to guide interventional procedures such as biopsies of the liver and kidney or for the drainage of fluid.