An ultrasound examination is a safe procedure that produces an image using very high frequency sound waves. Since ultrasound machine’s development in the 1950’s, technology has improved to the point that images are now of outstanding clarity and detail.
What are the benefits of having an ultrasound exam instead of an X-ray or CT scan? Ultrasound uses sound waves instead of X-rays. While X-ray technology produces highly valuable information, sometimes the radiation involved for patients can be avoided by utilizing ultrasound technology instead. Various studies have indicated that the sound waves used with Ultrasound are completely safe, even on pregnant women (when CT or X-rays would be inappropriate). In addition, ultrasounds are often performed more quickly and with less expense. Your physician will order the best exam for your situation.