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What is Ultrasound?

Many people who hear the term "ultrasound" likely picture a pregnant woman in her doctor's office getting a sneak peek of the baby growing inside her womb -- perhaps even finding out whether she should paint the nursery pink or blue. But while fetal imaging is one of the most common uses of ultrasounds, this diagnostic tool actually has many applications.

What does it show?

An ultrasound machine creates images called sonograms by giving off high-frequency sound waves that go through your body. As the sound waves bounce off your organs and tissues, they create echoes. The machine makes these echoes into real-time pictures that can be seen on a computer screen.
Ultrasound is very good at getting pictures of some soft tissue diseases that do not show up well on x-rays. Ultrasound is also a good way to tell fluid-filled cysts from solid tumors because they make very different echo patterns. It is useful in some situations because it can usually be done quickly and does not expose people to radiation.

Ultrasound images are not as detailed as those from CT or MRI scans. Ultrasound cannot tell a benign (not cancer) tumor from one that is cancer. Its use is also limited in some parts of the body because the sound waves cannot go through air (such as in the lungs) or through bone.

Doctors often use ultrasound to guide a needle to do a biopsy (taking out fluid or small tissue samples to be looked at under a microscope). The doctor looks at the ultrasound screen while moving the needle and can see the needle moving toward and into the tumor.

For some types of ultrasound exams, the transducer (the wand that produces the sound waves and detects echoes) is rubbed over the skin surface. The sound waves pass through the skin and reach the organs underneath. In other cases, to get the best images, the doctor must use a transducer that’s put into a body opening, such as the esophagus (the tube connecting the throat and the stomach), rectum, or vagina.

Diagnostics. Healthcare providers employ ultrasound imaging in diagnosing a wide variety of conditions affecting the organs and soft tissues of the body, including the heart and blood vessels, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, uterus, ovaries, eyes, thyroid, and testicles. Ultrasounds do have some diagnostic limitations, however; sound waves do not transmit well through dense bone or parts of the body that may hold air or gas, such as the bowel.

Our Fees:

Tree Of Life Holistic Wellness Center offers Ultrasound at a fraction of the average clinic.
Our charge for a basic scan is $35.00 and a more extensive area scan (including multiple organs) is $50.00

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