About the Examination

An ultrasound, or sonogram, is a common procedure which uses sound waves to detect, diagnose, and monitor a variety of conditions.

What is an ultrasound?
What part of the anatomy is examined during an ultrasound?
What conditions can be diagnosed by an ultrasound?
Why is an ultrasound required?
What are the risks and complications of an ultrasound?

There are no identified risks associated with ultrasounds as, unlike CT scans and x-rays, they do not require or expose the patient to radiation.
To avoid any complications during the procedures patients simply need to inform the sonographer of any allergies or existing conditions which may impact the processes used or the results.

What are the benefits of an ultrasound?

Ultrasounds are simple, safe procedures which do not require the use of radiation to develop images of internal parts of the body.

Are there any alternatives to an ultrasound?

Doctors can also use CT scans, MRIs and x-rays to examine and produce images of internal parts of the body.