Ultrasounds or sonography take pictures of the inside of your body using high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound images can show your physician how your body's internal organs are structured and moving. Ultrasounds can also show blood flowing through blood vessels.

Common Uses Of Ultrasound Exams

Ultrasounds can help diagnose conditions such as abdominal pains, inflamed appendix, enlarged abdominal organ, stones in the gallbladder or kidney, or aortic aneurysms by evaluating the kidneys, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, spleen, abdominal aorta and other abdominal blood vessels. Ultrasounds may also be used to guide procedures and to help determine and treat damage caused by illness.

Learn how to prepare for your ultrasound.