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Ultra Sound


Ultrasound imaging -- ultrasound scanning or sonography -- is a noninvasive medical test that exposes part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, and blood flowing through blood vessels.

A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of an ultrasound examination to evaluate blood velocity as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck. With these results, physicians can determine if a patient is a good candidate for angioplasty.

Ultrasound helps physicians evaluate these symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Infection

Ultrasound helps examine internal organs including:

  • Heart and blood vessels, including the abdominal aorta and its major branches
  • Liver
  • Gallbladder
  • Spleen
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Bladder
  • Uterus, ovaries and unborn children
  • Eyes
  • Thyroid and parathyroid glands
  • Scrotum (testicles)

Ultrasound helps:

  • Guide procedures such as needle biopsies, in which needles extract sample cells from an abnormal area for laboratory testing
  • Image the breasts and guide biopsies for breast cancer testing

Doppler ultrasound images help physicians see and evaluate:

  • Blockages to blood flow (clots)
  • Narrowing of vessels (primarily caused by plaque)
  • Tumors and congenital malformation

Additional information

To schedule an appointment with the Alton Memorial Hospital Imaging Center, please call 618.463.7647 or email us.
Find a doctor or make an appointment: 800.392.0936
General Information: 618.463.7311
Alton Memorial Hospital
One Memorial Drive
Alton, Illinois 62002

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