Ultrasound is a non-invasive (no skin puncture) imaging procedure used to assess soft tissue structures, such as muscles, blood vessels and organs. The equipment used produces ultrasonic sound waves at a frequency too high to be heard; the waves pass through the tissues of the body and bounce back to the hand-held transducer and are converted by computer into electronic pictures.
Florida Hospital Waterman offers many types of ultrasound procedures including vascular, abdominal, renal, obstetrical, pelvic, breast, thyroid, and interventional. Color Doppler is used to see structures as well as blood flow at the same time, while 4D ultrasound is used to generate accurate three-dimensional images of a baby in a mother's womb.
There is no radiation exposure in ultrasound.
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