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Ultrasound

Ultrasound

Ultrasound

 

General Ultrasound

The use of ultrasound to produce pictures of structures within the body.
A controlled beam is directed into the body via transducer and the
echoes of reflected sound are used to form an eletrronic image of
various structures of body.
Ultrasound is painless, convenient, and harmless. However Ultrasound
does have limitations. Not every part of the organ can be visualized.
Very obesepatients and patients with emphysema cannot be assessed
by this method.

 

Echocardiogram

An echocardiogram is a procedure that uses sound waves (ultrasound)
to evaluate the structure and function of the heart. The examination
enables assessment of the contractionof the heart, conditions of heart
valves, detection of the presenceof narrowingor leakage of the valves,
as well as fluid accumulated in the pericardial cavity. It can also measure
the pressures of pulmonary vessels that may indicate presence of heart
and lung diseases.