Ultrasound exams -- also called sonograms -- use high-frequency sound waves to produce images of structures inside your body including blood vessels, organs, and other soft tissues. Ultrasounds do not use radiation and are a safe, effective way to help your doctor diagnose a disease or other condition.
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What Does an Ultrasound Show?
Ultrasounds can be used to assess a variety of health problems. For example, your doctor may order an ultrasound to:
- Look for gallstones in your gallbladder
- Rule out a blood clot in your leg
- Evaluate blood flow to a transplanted organ
- Check your thyroid gland
Most ultrasound exams are performed using a device outside your body, but a few involve placing a device inside your body. In a transvaginal ultrasound, for example, a special wand-like device is inserted into the vagina to examine the uterus and ovaries.
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