Diagnostic medical sonography uses high frequency sound waves to produce cross-sectional images of the body's internal organs and structures. The reflected soundwave echoes are recorded and displayed as a real-time visual image. No ionizing radiation (x-ray) is involved in ultrasound imaging.
Ultrasound is a useful way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including the heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys and bladder. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show movement of internal tissues and organs and enable physicians to see blood flow and heart valve functions. This can help to diagnose a variety of heart conditions and to assess damage after a heart attack or other illness.
The sonographer assist the physician in gathering anatomical, physiological and/or pathologoical sonographic data and images necessary for accurate diagnosis.
Ultrasounds are done daily Monday-Friday at Cheyennne County Hospital by Darrell Reed, Diagnostic Imaging Manager. He can be contacted at 785-332-2104 ext. 143.
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