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Ultrasound Safety and Benefits: Debunking Common Myths and Misconceptions

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Hello, I’m Dr. Farhana Abdul Aziz, a female doctor and the owner of Klinik Azurose in Alam Damai. In this article, I will educate you about ultrasound safety and benefits, debunk common myths and misconceptions, and help you understand the importance of this imaging technique in healthcare.

What is an Ultrasound Test For?

Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the body’s internal structures. Ultrasound is often used for the following purposes:

  • Monitoring the health and development of a baby during pregnancy
  • Assessing the condition of pelvic organs
  • Diagnosing various health conditions, including gallstones, kidney stones, and liver diseases

Diseases Detected by Ultrasound

Some of the diseases and health conditions that can be detected by ultrasound include:

  • Abnormal growths, such as tumors and cysts
  • Blood vessel blockages or narrowing
  • Kidney or gallbladder stones
  • Liver diseases
  • Heart abnormalities

CT Scan vs. Ultrasound

While both CT scans and ultrasounds are imaging techniques used to view internal body structures, they have some key differences:

  • CT scans use X-rays, while ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves.
  • CT scans provide more detailed images of bones, while ultrasounds are better for soft tissues.
  • Ultrasounds are generally safer, as they don’t expose patients to ionizing radiation.

Common Reasons for Ultrasound Examinations

There are several reasons why a doctor may recommend an ultrasound:

  1. Pregnancy monitoring: Ultrasounds are an essential tool in prenatal care, allowing doctors to track fetal development, detect abnormalities, and determine the baby’s position.
  2. Gynecological assessments: Ultrasound can help diagnose conditions such as ovarian cysts, fibroids, and endometriosis.
  3. Assessing organ function: Ultrasound can provide insights into the function of organs like the liver, kidneys, and bladder.

Does Ultrasound Require an Empty Stomach?

Whether or not you need to have an empty stomach for an ultrasound depends on the specific exam being performed. For some abdominal ultrasounds, you may be asked to fast for a few hours before the test. Your doctor at Klinik Azurose will provide you with specific instructions based on your individual needs.

FAQs about Ultrasound

These terms are often used interchangeably. Ultrasound refers to the imaging technique, while a sonogram is the image produced by an ultrasound examination.

Ultrasound is considered safe for both the mother and the baby when performed by a qualified healthcare professional.

The duration of an ultrasound exam varies depending on the area being examined and the complexity of the test. Most exams take between 15 and 45 minutes.

In conclusion, ultrasound is a safe and vital tool in healthcare for diagnosing various health conditions and monitoring pregnancies. At Klinik Azurose, we offer comprehensive ultrasound services for women’s health and pregnancy care in Alam Damai. Schedule an appointment today by visiting our website at or call us at 03-8958 7868.