What’s the Purpose of an Ultrasound?


When many of us hear the term “ultrasound,” we think of pictures of fetuses in mothers’ wombs.  However, there are a number of other purposes for ultrasounds.  One of the great benefits of this method of imaging is the fact that there are a number of different organs that can be seen.

What are some of the organs that an ultrasound can give you an image of?

The technology of the ultrasound has advanced quite a bit over the years, and most medical imagine facilities now provide a high resolution ultrasound that can give much clearer pictures of specific organs.  Some of the organs that current ultrasound technology can image include, but are not limited to:

  • Uterus
  • Abdomen
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Bladder
  • Ovaries

There are many other organs that might be accessible by way of ultrasound.  Depending upon your condition, your doctor might refer you to a specialist to have an ultrasound performed to aid him or her in your diagnosis.

How does an ultrasound work?

An ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the inside of your body.  The higher the resolution of the ultrasound, the more information will be available in the image.  This will allow your doctor to see any abnormalities in your organs, which can help him or her to provide an accurate diagnosis of your condition.

Can it be used to diagnose all conditions?

No.  There are certain conditions that need to be diagnosed by other imaging methods.  The beauty of the ultrasound is the fact that it is completely painless and very quick, but there may be certain things that an ultrasound will not pick up.

Ultimately, you should discuss all of this with your doctor and let them determine what sort of imaging needs to be done in order to provide an accurate diagnosis.