An ultrasound scan, also known as a sonogram, uses high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images. This imaging technique does not use radiation and is convenient, painless, non-invasive, and yields quick results. Common uses for ultrasound include:
- Diagnosing heart disease and assessing damage following a heart attack
- Monitoring fetal development (See the
Maternal-Fetal Care and Genetics.)
- Guiding needle biopsies
- Assessing blood flow
- Evaluating internal organ function
- Assessing swelling, pain and infection
The ultrasound team at UC San Diego Health performs thousands of exams each year. These exams include 3D ultrasounds, contrast-enhanced ultrasounds, echoencephalography, and pulsed and color
Doppler ultrasounds of the abdominal and peripheral arterial and venous systems.
We provide high-resolution diagnostic ultrasounds of the following:
All our clinicians are registered diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists, accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound.