Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves which are reflected by tissue in the body. The sound reflection is processed by a computer to produce a photograph or a moving image on a monitor. Ultrasound imaging is used extensively for evaluating the eyes, pelvic and abdominal organs, heart, and blood vessels and can help a medical provider determine the source of pain, swelling, or infection in many parts of the body.
Ultrasound is also used to image the breasts and to guide biopsy of breast cancer. Medical providers often request an ultrasound study for examination of the fetus during pregnancy. Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure that takes just minutes.
Vernon Memorial Healthcare performs 140 ultrasound exams per month.