Ultrasound imaging is another state-of-the-art diagnostic tool most commonly used for observing babies inside the womb, another form is called Echocardiography. This test shows colorized images of the beating heart.

Ultrasound imaging is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure. It bounces sound waves off internal organs or structures and then captures the returning echoes as a photograph or moving image on a monitor. There is no injection or radiation exposure associated with ultrasound studies.

Here’s what to expect during an ultrasound:

  • A jelly-like substance is applied to the skin where the ultrasound will be performed. Gel improves the transmission of sound.
  • A transducer device is slid and gently pressed across the area of observation.
  • Sound waves pass from the transducer through the patient’s skin and bounce back to the transducer.
  • These echoes are captured and translate into images.
  • Images are instantly displayed on a monitor.
  • These images are captured on other media for a radiologist to review and interpret.
  • Ultrasound can also be used to examine the arterial and venous systems.

During pregnancy, ultrasound is used for several purposes:

  • To monitor the growth, development and well being of a fetus.
  • To check the baby’s due date.
  • To measure the size of a baby’s head and determine her age.
  • To confirm the number of babies.
Ultrasound or Echocardiography