Doctor performing a neck ultrasound.

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.

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