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Ultrasound, or sonography, uses high frequency sound waves along with a computer to generate a picture of internal organs as they function.

The most common body parts that can be evaluated by ultrasound are the abdomen, breasts, female pelvis, scrotum, thyroid and the vascular system. It is a useful tool in the diagnosis of such conditions as abdominal cancer, aortic aneurysm, gallstones, blood clots, and uterine and ovarian disease. Ultrasound is a common diagnostic procedure in which the patient will experience little discomfort. There are no known dangers or side effects related with ultrasound, because it does not require the use of radiation, special dyes or anesthesia.

The ultrasound tests and procedures available at Palos Hospital in Palos Heights, IL, and Palos Health - South Campus in Orland, Park, IL, include:

  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Duplex Doppler Ultrasound
  • Kidney or Renal Ultrasound
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound
  • OB Bio-Physical Profile Ultrasound
  • Paracentesis
  • Pelvic Ultrasound (GYN Exam)
  • Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ) Ultrasound
  • Testicular Ultrasound
  • Thyroid Ultrasound