Ultrasound is the imaging of structures of the body by recording the echoes
of pulses of ultrasonic waves directed into the tissues and reflected
back. Ultrasound is also used to examine vascular structures such as the
arteries which supply blood to the brain and other regions of the body
and to guide physicians in biopsies of various areas of the body.
Obstetrical ultrasonography is fetal imaging via intermittent high-frequency
sound waves to visualize images of the uterus, fetus, placenta and other
surrounding pelvic structures. A licensed ultrasonographer assists in
performing the procedure, which is pain-free and has no known harmful
effects on your baby or you. Ultrasound is used to determine gestational
age and accurately date the pregnancy. It's also used to rule out
fetal malformation or abnormalities, to determine the number of fetuses
or to locate possible sources of bleeding.
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