Ultrasounds are commonly used in a variety of clinical settings. This ranges from obstetrics to cardiology, to the detection of cancer. Ultrasounds have a number of advantages to them but the main one is that certain structures in the body can be observed without so much as a bit of radiation being used. Ultrasounds are also much more efficient than X-rays and additional radiographic methods, taking much less time to complete. If you want to know more about ultrasounds, check out the different ways they are used in various fields of medicine below.

Ultrasounds in Obstetrics and Gynecology

There are various ways ultrasounds are used in this field of medicine. They are as follows:

  • Seeing and identifying tumors in both the ovary and breast

  • Measuring the side of a fetus in order to determine when the baby will be born

  • Checking on the position of the fetus so that your doctor can determine if the baby is in the proper position with the head down or if the baby is currently breech

  • Identifying the number of fetuses in the uterus

  • Identifying the sex of the baby

  • Checking the fetus’s rate of growth

  • Detection of ectopic pregnancy - this is a life-threatening condition in which the baby is implanted in the mother’s Fallopian tubes rather than the uterus

  • Determination of whether there is the right amount of amniotic fluid cushioning the baby in the uterus


Ultrasounds in Cardiology

There are many ways ultrasounds are used in this field of medicine. They are as follows:

  • Identifying if there are any abnormal structures or functions inside the heart that are present

  • Used to measure the blood flow through the heart and major blood vessels in the body

Ultrasounds in Urology

There are many ways ultrasounds are used in this field of medicine. They are as follows:

  • Detection of prostate cancer in its earliest stages

  • Measuring blood flow that occurs through the kidneys

  • Spotting and identifying kidney stones.

Concerns About The Safety Of Ultrasounds

Over the years, there have many concerns about the overall safety of ultrasounds. Since they are purely energy-based, this leads to many expectant mothers wondering what this “energy” will do to their baby. There are two major possibilities when ultrasounds are used. The first is that heat is developed when tissues or water absorb the ultrasound energy. The second possibility is that bubbles can form by the heat the ultrasound causes. On the other hand, there have been no substantial negative effects documented in any studies in either humans or animals when it comes to ultrasounds being used. With that said, be sure to only have an ultrasound when it is recommended by a doctor. Having too many could cause health complications, especially when it comes to the life of an unborn fetus.

Your Trusted Ultrasound Provider

If you live in the Kingston area and you are in need of an ultrasound, we can assist you at Vision Imaging. Contact us today to learn more about this procedure or to schedule an appointment.