Types of Ultrasounds
Ultrasound imaging (also known as Sonography) is a method of obtaining diagnostic images from inside the human body through the use of high-frequency sound waves. Ultrasound is used as a diagnostic tool that can assist doctors in making recommendations for further treatment.
The ultrasound image typically represents tissue in shades of gray in two- dimensions, 2D.
Commonly used to evaluate the fetus and reproductive organs during pregnancy.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast is used to visualize the internal structures of the breast. It is an effective tool for differentiating solid from cystic tissue, to assess breast implants or to image palpable lumps.
Sometimes Doppler is utilized to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in a breast mass, which can provide additional information for evaluation the cause of the mass.
Breast ultrasound is often the initial imaging technique for evaluating palpable breast masses in women who have not reached the age of 30.
Doppler is a specialized ultrasound study that examines blood vessels for narrowing, blockages and venous malformation. Doppler ultrasound may be useful to differentiate vascular from non-vascular structures in any location.