Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves that reflect off of a body structure to form an image. The images are recorded and displayed on a monitor screen. The procedure is painless and safe.
Ultrasound produces images of the soft tissues of the body as well as blood flow. The procedure is commonly used in the abdomen, pelvis, breast, thyroid, prostate and scrotum as well as in pregnancy evaluation. Doppler ultrasound is used to examine the carotid vessels in the neck, heart (echocardiography), abdomen (aorta, renal arteries) and leg vessels.