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A Quick Guide to the Different Types of Ultrasounds


Over 85% of emergency rooms in the United States have ultrasound machines. This indicates that when it comes to health, ultrasounds are important.

If you are wondering why they are important and what they are used for, you are in the right place.

We have compiled a list of the most common types of ultrasounds so that you can learn about what they are used for and how they can benefit overall health.

Read on to discover the wonders of the ultrasound so that you can stay on top of your health.

Abdominal Ultrasound

The abdominal ultrasound allows visualization of the internal organs in the abdominal area such as the spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. It is a way to diagnose problems and to determine the effects of illnesses.

If the patient is experiencing abdominal pain, for example, the doctor might perform an abdominal ultrasound to determine the source. Gallstones and blood clots are also visible via this method.

Pelvic Ultrasound

Pelvic ultrasounds are usually performed to diagnose problems. A doctor or sonographer with a POCUS certification will perform the ultrasound. The image produced will allow the doctor to see organs in the pelvic area such as the uterus, bladder, bowels, and prostate.

Pelvic ultrasounds can determine the root of problems like abnormal bleeding, menstrual abnormalities, and cysts located on organs in this area of the body. It can also detect uterine and ovarian cancer.

Chest Ultrasound

Chest ultrasounds are used to examine organs located in the chest such as the esophagus, heart, and lungs. These ultrasounds can also see whether there is a fluid buildup and can be used to evaluate blood flow to the organs in this area.

This type of ultrasound can help determine the cause of the chest issue at hand. It could be from cancer or leakage from blood and lymph vessels. The chest ultrasound can also check the movement of the diaphragm and examine heart valves.

Obstetric Ultrasound

One of the most common and most known types of ultrasounds is the obstetric ultrasound. It is used on pregnant women so that the doctor can monitor the baby's development and detect anomalies early on. It allows the doctor to predict the due date, see the baby's growth, examine the placenta, and determine how many babies there are.

Obstetric ultrasounds are harmless to the baby and the mother; they do not produce radiation. They are typically performed a couple of times during the pregnancy, and the images produced to account for the first pictures parents will have of their babies.

The General Benefits of Different Types of Ultrasounds

There are many different types of ultrasounds, but there is one thing that they all have in common. They are effective ways of monitoring the health of internal organs and determining the root of health problems. On top of that, ultrasound technology is safe because it uses sound waves instead of radiation.

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