What is an ultrasound scan?
An ultrasound (sonogram) scan is an imaging method that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body.
How long does an ultrasound take?
A typical ultrasound study takes about 30 minutes or so. Some water soluble gel is applied to the skin and the probe gently pressured over the area to be examined.
Some studies require the ultrasound probe to be inserted into the vagina or rectum.
What does an ultrasound study show?
Ultrasounds can identify heart problems, kidney stones, kidney cancer, gallstones, liver disease, uterine masses and check on the unborn baby. As well, it can provide images of other abdominal and pelvic organs, muscles, tendons and blood vessels.
What does an ultrasound cost?
Ultrasound costs vary from under $100 to several hundred dollars. Commonly you will pay a lot more if you use your health insurance plan to pay for the study or have it done in a hospital.
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