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What are the uses of ultrsasound?

Written by : DoctorNDTV Team

Ultrasound examinations can be used for a variety of purposes ranging from examinations of the chest, abdomen, blood vessels to evaluation of pregnancy. An ultrasound can be used:

  • To obtain detailed images of the size and function of the heart. It can also detect abnormalities of the heart valves, infections of the heart (endocarditis), abnormal fluid collections around the heart (pericardial effusions) or to evaluate and monitor heart functions after a heart attack.
  • To examine the internal structures of the abdomen. Gallstones, kidney problems, tumours, abscess or cysts can be detected in the abdomen or liver.
  • To evaluate the size, gender, movement and position of the growing baby. Transvaginal ultrasounds help to identify patients at risk of opening of the cervix resulting in a miscarriage, monitoring of foetal heartbeat and identifying any other disorders related to pregnancy.

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