What is an ultrasound?
Ultrasound is used to investigate the various parts of the body: cardiovascular system, heart, organs in the abdominal cavity, thyroid, peripheral nerves and muscles. Ultrasound can be also used to assist in carrying out a biopsy with taking samples of tissue.
How is the process or the examination?
The probe is moved over the surface of the skin and an organ is being investigated. Special gel is applied to the skin to enhance ultrasonic transmission through the tissue. Examination is non-invasive and painless.
What should I do to prepare for the examination?
It is preferable to wear comfortable clothing. Most of the ultrasound examinations takes about 30 minutes.
Preparation prior to abdominal organs performing ultrasound (liver, spleen, gall bladder, pancreas, kidney, and aorta): do not eat for at least 8 hours before the examination.
A special preparation is not needed before vascular duplex sonography (head and neck vascular ultrasound investigation).