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Why You Shouldn't Empty Your Bladder When Preparing for an Ultrasound

Why You Shouldn't Empty Your Bladder When Preparing for an Ultrasound

by Natalie (SU)
In much the same way that bats can send out soundwaves to create a map of the outside world during flight, an ultrasound helps your doctor map areas inside of your body. That makes an ultrasound scan a useful diagnostic tool to locate and visualize the internal structures inside your body. An ultrasound is non-invasive, and it can show images in real time. If you have been scheduled for an ultrasound, you may be wondering why you shouldn’t empty your bladder when preparing for the exam.

The Science Behind Ultrasound

The Science Behind Ultrasound

by Yenny (SU)
Modern ultrasound machines help doctors to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and disorders. And while ultrasounds are on the leading edge of medicine today, the science behind them first came to light in 1794. That’s when an Italian biologist by the name of Lazzaro Spallanzani discovered that bats use soundwaves to help them navigate, even in total darkness. The original ultrasound systems were actually invented so that inspectors could detect industrial mistakes or flaws in the metal of transport ships. It was later adapted to provide crude images in Glasgow hospitals in the 1950’s. And the rest, as they say is, history.

Why Would You Need an Ultrasound?

Why Would You Need an Ultrasound?

by Shearly (SU)
If you are wondering why your doctor might order ultrasound imaging, the answer will often vary based on the patient, because it is based on what your doctor is seeking to learn about your condition. An ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses sound waves to “sees” beneath the surface, in order to locate potential conditions such as gallstones, tendon tears, or blood vessel damage. It can be used to detect abnormal growths, such as a fibroid or cyst in the ovaries. Ultrasounds are both fast and painless, with no exposure to radiation.

Ultrasound: Just for Expecting Mothers?

Ultrasound: Just for Expecting Mothers?

by ih-ini admin
Ultrasounds play a role in the management of many health conditions – for men and women alike. Learn more about how your doctor might use ultrasound imaging to diagnose or monitor your condition.

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