Sonography is the use of specialised equipment, which create non-ionizing, high-frequency sound waves to generate images of a patient’s internal organs and tissue.
One of the simplest examples of sonography (sono – “sound”; graphy – a “type of printing” or process of recording) is that of an ultrasound scan, creating images of an unborn child during pregnancy.
Aside from pregnancy, doctors can also order specific ultrasound scans for you as a patient, to help diagnose an illness, or you can get it done as part of an overall wellness screening.
Ultrasound is generally painless – besides the machine, there’s no need for needles or blades, and you are not exposed to ionizing radiation the same way as an X-ray or CT/CAT scan.
Sonography is less expensive than other diagnostic methods, and are better able to capture images of soft tissues than an X-ray.
When should you get a sonograph?
Ultrasound can help your doctor check on your baby’s health and development. It’s the first time you get to “see” your baby’s limbs, and even gender
A non-invasive way to image your body’s internals, the doctor can also combine the images with other patient data, to produce a more accurate diagnosis
Surgeons and doctors are better able to perform procedures with better accuracy and results, due to improving technology, and non-invasive imaging
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