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An ultrasound can offer noninvasive diagnostic solutions to your health-related conditions. Jabeen Fatima, MD, at Molani Medical Group in Sherman Oaks, California, is a family medicine physician experienced with using ultrasound imaging during pregnancy, as well as to diagnose other health problems. Call Molani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.
An ultrasound is a medical imaging device that uses high-frequency sound waves — instead of radiation — to produce images (known as sonograms) of the inside of your body. Because sound waves travel through your fluids and soft tissues but bounce off denser surfaces, an image can be created.
Most ultrasounds are taken using sound waves between 2-18 megahertz (MHz). The lower the frequency, the deeper the image penetration; lower frequency images are also poorer quality. At higher frequencies, the images are higher quality, but penetration is not as deep.
Also known as sonography, ultrasound scans are safe and are commonly used to monitor a baby’s development during pregnancy. They are a valuable tool for diagnosing other health conditions.
During an ultrasound scan, your doctor holds a wand-like device called a transducer against the part of your body of concern. For example, if your doctor is checking the development of your baby during pregnancy, they will press the transducer against your belly.
There are different types of transducers designed for use internally. Some of these include:
Because of their special design, these transducers provide higher quality images and can be used to help diagnose specific health conditions.
During pregnancy, an ultrasound is used to monitor both the baby’s and mother’s health and can alert your doctor to abnormalities.
Ultrasounds are commonly used for diagnosing, treating, and guiding medical procedures. Used to noninvasively examine internal organs like the pancreas, liver, kidneys, and thyroid gland, it can also reveal problems in the ovaries and testes. Ultrasounds can even look at:
An ultrasound can also provide insight into whether a lump is a tumor or fluid-filled cyst.
If you need an ultrasound to monitor your pregnancy or diagnose a health concern, call Molani Medical Group or schedule an appointment online today.