7301 Medical Center Dr.
West Hills, CA 91307-1904
Phone: (818) 346-4411
Fax: (818) 346-1798
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves (well above the range of human hearing) to produce detailed images of internal organs and blood vessels inside the body. Ultrasound is a safe, fast and non-invasive procedure. A small device called a transducer sends sound waves into the body, which reflect or "echo" off of internal structures. The ultrasound unit receives these echoes through the transducer and converts them into images.
Anyone who has had a baby in the last 20 years has likely seen an ultrasound. Ultrasound is also used to view the gallbladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, uterus, ovaries, prostate, testicles, thyroid and breasts. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate arteries in the neck and legs for narrowing or blockage, and to look for clots in leg veins. It is also used to assess the valves of the heart.
|©2012; West Valley Imaging Center|