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Doctor performing a neck ultrasound.

Ultrasounds (or sonograms) use a computer and high-frequency sound waves to create images that are captured in real-time. They are convenient, painless, non-invasive, and yield quick results.  

Common uses for ultrasounds include:

  1. Diagnose heart disease and/or assess damage following a heart attack
  2. Guide needle biopsies
  3. Asess blood flow 
  4. Evaluate internal organ function 
  5. Assess swelling, pain and infection

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UC San Diego Medical Center
Mon-Sun: 7 a.m. – 12 a.m.

La Jolla
Thornton Hospital
Mon-Fri: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

*All other hours covered on an
on-call basis.

Prenatal Ultrasounds

For prenatal ultrasounds, contact the Fetal Care and Genetics Center in Sorrento Valley,

Ultrasounds at UC San Diego Health

The ultrasound team at UC San Diego 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 ultrasound exams for the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis (e.g., obstetrical ultrasound)
  • Neck
  • Breast
  • Scrotum
  • Extremities
  • Prostate
  • Carotid arteries
  • Testicles/scrotum
  • Thyroid
  • Musculoskeletal system

All of our clinicians are registered diagnostic medical sonographers and vascular technologists, and accredited by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine in abdominal, obstetrical and gynecological ultrasound.

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