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Prenatal_Ultrasound
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of interior structure of the body. Because ultrasound produces a continuous stream of images, it's useful for diagnosing conditions involving movement, such as the flow of the bloodstream. While we often think of ultrasound as part of prenatal care, it's used to examine many parts of the body, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder.

Ultrasound equipment consists of a console, video screen and a transducer, which is a small hand-held device similar to a microphone. A water-based gel is applied to the part of the body to be examined. The ultrasonographer will press the transducer against the skin in various locations, guiding the process by watching the images on the screen. The transducer will be repositioned as needed to capture the required images. The procedure is painless, causing only a slight feeling of pressure as the transducer is moved over your body. Most ultrasound procedures are completed in about 30 minutes.

 

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