What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of internal body structures. Real time 3-D image technology also called 4D used by IDC has revolutionized these studies to next level.
Ultrasound waves were used initially to detect icebergs in water after Titanic tragedy. In medical sciences ultrasound waves were first used during late 1940’s. Today, ultrasound is a common diagnostic medical imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic images, called sonograms. Ultrasound (or sonography) is a non-invasive, painless, radiation free method of getting images of blood flow inside the body, as well as just about every type of tissue or organ.
Islamabad Diagnostic Center recently introduced latest Logic Voluson Signature Series S6 & S7 by GE USA. Equipped with latest Advanced LOGIQ architecture these deliver very sharp high resolution images. 3D real time studies yield immense information of any underline pathology. Extremely powerful and versatile, GE system offers a high level of performance in all clinical applications. It has absolutely no known side effects or risks and it is safe enough to use on pregnant women. Ultrasound has become one of the most widely used diagnostic tools in modern medicine.
There are many kinds of ultrasounds/ Doppler studies.
Ultrasounds That Do Not Require Preparation
The following ultrasounds require no preparation on the part of the patient:
Ultrasounds That Require Preparation
It is very important that you follow the preparation instructions. If you come to your appointment without properly preparing the technologist will not be able to perform the test and your appointment will have to be rescheduled.
Ultrasound during pregnancy:
Dating Scan advised between 8-14 weeks of pregnancy. Expected date of delivery (EDD) is calculated during this study that’s why known as dating scan.
Anomaly Scan advised during 18-21 week of pregnancy. Fetal abnormalities (anomalies) are picked during this study.
4D fetal ultrasounds are similar to 3D scans, with the difference associated with time: 4D allows a 3-dimensional picture in real time, rather than delayed, due to the lag associated with the computer constructed image, as in classic 3-dimensional ultrasound. 4D Scan is advised usually around 6 month of pregnancy. One can see the baby face & ultrasound pictures. So you may see your baby before he sees the world.
Ultrasound role in female health:
Ultrasound is most safe, simple and primary test to rule out any abnormality. These include
Ovarian Cyst • Cancers of ovary, uterus etc
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