Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create an image of a specific internal part of the body. Pulses of ultrasound are transmitted from a handheld device called a transducer. These waves pass through the skin and bounce back from structures inside the body to produce detailed images on a computer screen, from which signs of disease can be detected.
Most ultrasound scans are non-invasive and used to examine parts of the body such as the heart, abdomen, and breasts. Sometimes internal scans are carried out if a particular organ needs close-up examination. Ultrasounds are completely safe and painless, although internal scans may cause a little discomfort.
The Montefiore has invested in two ultrasound scanners: the LOGIQ e, one of the most innovative machines available; and the VIVIDI, a bespoke machine for cardiac examinations. Cardiac ultrasounds are also known as Echocardiograms and are used to detect disease and defects in the heart such as muscle damage, blood clots, inflammation and enlargement.