Ultrasound uses reflected sound echoes to study and characterize internal structures and tissues. During pregnancy, a growing fetus can be imaged through ultrasound, without exposing the growing baby to ionizing radiation. Ultrasound is also an excellent tool for examining the heart because it is a "non-invasive" (i.e., not traumatic to the body) and can reveal more about heart function than conventional x-ray studies.
Ultrasound can also reveal information about the shape, texture, and composition of tumors and cysts. Kennedy's specialized equipment uses raw data digital processing throughout the entire ultrasound study - from the acquisition of raw data to digital viewing - and finally to the storage of data in its purest, digital form. Storing data in its original fidelity preserves image quality.
Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a method of obtaining images from inside the human body through the use of high frequency sound waves. The reflected soundwave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (X-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging.
Obstetric ultrasound refers to the specialized use of sounds waves to visualize and thus determine the condition of a pregnant woman and her embryo or fetus. Ultrasound is a useful way examining many of the body's internal organs including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder.
Preparing for this test: Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Other preparation depends on the type of examination you are scheduled for. Your physician will instruct you in advance about any necessary preparation.